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Become An Academic Adviser

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Working As An Academic Adviser

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $41,208

    Average Salary

What Does An Academic Adviser Do

An Academic Adviser helps students recognize and achieve their educational goals. They are employed by high schools, community colleges, and universities.

How To Become An Academic Adviser

Most school counselors must have a master’s degree in school counseling or a related field and have a state-issued credential. Some employers prefer that career counselors have a master’s degree. Career counselors who work in private practices may also need a license.

Education

Most states require school counselors to have a master’s degree in school counseling or a related field. Programs in school counseling teach students about fostering academic development; conducting group and individual counseling; working with parents, school staff, and community organizations; and using data to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school counseling programs for all students. These programs often require students to gain experience through an internship or practicum.

Some employers prefer that career counselors have a master’s degree in counseling with a focus on career development. Career counseling programs prepare students to assess clients’ skills and interests and to teach career development techniques. Many programs require students to have a period of supervised experience, such as an internship.  

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Public school counselors must have a state-issued credential to practice. This credential can be called a certification, a license, or an endorsement, depending on the state. Licensure or certification typically requires a master’s degree in school counseling and an internship or practicum completed under the supervision of a licensed professional school counselor.

Some states require applicants to have 1 to 2 years of classroom teaching experience, or to hold a teaching license, prior to being certified. Most states require a criminal background check as part of the credentialing process. Information about requirements for each state is available from the American School Counselor Association.

Although some employers prefer to hire licensed career counselors, licensure is not required by all states. Contact information for state regulating boards is available from the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Although most states do not require work experience in a related occupation, some states require school counselors to have 1 to 2 years of classroom teaching experience, or to hold a teaching license, prior to being certified. Please see the Similar Occupations tab for more information on teaching occupations.

Important Qualities

Compassion. School and career counselors often work with people who are dealing with stressful and difficult situations, so they must be compassionate and empathize with their clients and students.

Interpersonal skills. School and career counselors must be able to work with different types of people. They spend most of their time working directly with clients, students, or other professionals and need to form and maintain good working relationships.

Listening skills. Good listening skills are essential for school and career counselors. They need to give their full attention to students and clients in order to understand their problems.

Speaking skills. School and career counselors must communicate effectively with clients and students. They should express ideas and information in a way that their clients and students understand easily.

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Academic Adviser Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    64.2%
  • Male

    33.0%
  • Unknown

    2.8%

Ethnicity

  • White

    77.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.1%
  • Asian

    8.3%
  • Unknown

    2.2%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    47.7%
  • French

    11.5%
  • Arabic

    6.3%
  • Italian

    4.8%
  • German

    4.4%
  • Portuguese

    3.5%
  • Chinese

    2.9%
  • Hindi

    2.5%
  • Mandarin

    2.5%
  • Japanese

    2.5%
  • Russian

    2.1%
  • Vietnamese

    1.7%
  • Korean

    1.7%
  • Greek

    1.5%
  • Cantonese

    1.3%
  • Bengali

    0.8%
  • Hmong

    0.8%
  • Irish

    0.6%
  • Polish

    0.6%
  • Swedish

    0.4%
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Real Academic Adviser Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Faculty Member, SR Academic Adviser, Luma Foundation Fellow Bard College Hudson, NY Mar 08, 2016 $81,200
Assistant Dean, Academic Advisement Hult International Business School San Francisco, CA Sep 16, 2013 $70,000
Academic Advisor Princeton International School of Mathematics and Princeton, NJ Sep 20, 2013 $68,786
Academic Advisor Boston College MA Dec 21, 2015 $65,000
International Academic Advisor: Engineering and Stem Fields Ivy Labs Education, Inc. New Haven, CT Sep 08, 2015 $60,000
Senior International Academic Advisor Ivy Labs Education, Inc. New Haven, CT Oct 05, 2015 $60,000
Academic Advisor Four Winds Society, Inc. Groveland, FL Sep 17, 2014 $60,000
Academic Advisor California College of Communications Santa Clara, CA May 27, 2016 $57,221
Academic Advisor University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell, MA Aug 11, 2014 $55,000
Academic Advisor The Ohio University Athens, OH Oct 02, 2012 $51,353
Assessment Specialist/Senior Academic Advisor Suny Empire State College Saratoga Springs, NY Jan 05, 2012 $51,346
Academic Advisor University of East-West Medicine Sunnyvale, CA Jun 15, 2011 $50,735
Academic Advisor University of East-West Medicine Sunnyvale, CA Jul 12, 2011 $50,735
Academic Advisor Research Foundation of Cuny New York, NY Dec 01, 2011 $50,553
Academic Advisor University of Massachusetts Boston Boston, MA Aug 05, 2015 $46,172
Academic Advisor California State University, Dominguez Hills Carson, CA Jul 20, 2016 $46,152
Academic Advisor California State University, Dominguez Hills Carson, CA Jul 10, 2016 $46,152
International Student Academic Advisor Ball State University Muncie, IN Jan 03, 2012 $46,035
Academic Advisor University of Miami Coral Gables, FL Sep 20, 2013 $46,000
Academic Advisor University of East-West Medicine Sunnyvale, CA Sep 20, 2016 $45,760
Academic Advisor-Business and Technology Excelsior College Albany, NY May 01, 2015 $45,591
Academic Advisor Delaware State University Dover, DE Nov 26, 2015 $45,500
Academic Advisor Washington Youth Foundation Rockville, MD Oct 01, 2012 $40,697
Intenational Academic Advisor Acct, Inc. Falls Church, VA Sep 06, 2016 $40,676
Academic Advisor C2 Educational Systems, Inc. Fremont, CA Oct 09, 2016 $40,664
Assistant Academic Advisor University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN Jul 01, 2012 $40,500
Academic Advisor C2 Educational Systems, Inc. Porterville, CA Sep 10, 2014 $40,456
Graduate Academic Advisor Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL Jul 01, 2014 $40,404
Graduate Academic Advisor Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL Feb 17, 2014 $40,404
Academic Advisor Research Foundation of Cuny New York, NY Aug 11, 2015 $40,258

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Top Skills for An Academic Adviser

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Top Academic Adviser Skills

  1. Academic Advisor
  2. Financial Aid
  3. Undergraduate
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide academic advisory resource services to students regarding the basic academic processes and policies for the University.
  • Bill Affairs Familiar with financial aid regulations Student recruitment/retention training and development Public speaking and presentation skills
  • Advised undergraduate students concerning course sequencing, changes in major, career interests
  • Created systems necessary for the implementation of a new charter school including curriculum development, discipline, assessment and community outreach.
  • Provide initial transcript evaluation for students interested in pursuing online Health & Wellness Management degree.

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