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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

  • $68,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Academic Adviser Do

School counselors help students develop academic and social skills and succeed in school. Career counselors assist people with the process of making career decisions by helping them develop skills or choose a career or educational program.

Duties

School counselors typically do the following:

  • Evaluate students’ abilities and interests through aptitude assessments, interviews, and individual planning
  • Identify issues that impact school performance, such as poor classroom attendance rates
  • Help students understand and overcome social or behavioral problems through classroom guidance lessons and counseling
  • Counsel individuals and small groups on the basis of student and school needs
  • Work with students to develop skills, such as organizational and time management abilities and effective study habits
  • Help students create a plan to achieve academic and career goals
  • Collaborate with teachers, administrators, and parents to help students succeed
  • Teach students and school staff about certain topics, such as bullying, drug abuse, and planning for college or careers after graduation
  • Report possible cases of neglect or abuse and refer students and parents to resources outside the school for additional support

The specific duties of school counselors vary with the ages of their students.

Elementary school counselors focus on helping students develop certain skills, such as those used in decisionmaking and studying, that they need in order to be successful in their social and academic lives. They meet with parents or guardians to discuss their child’s strengths and weaknesses, and any possible special needs and behavioral issues. School counselors also work with teachers and administrators to ensure that the curriculum addresses both the developmental and academic needs of students.

Middle school counselors work with school staff, parents and the community to create a caring, supportive climate and atmosphere for students to achieve academic success. They help the students develop the skills and strategies necessary to succeed academically and socially.

High school counselors advise students in making academic and career plans. Many help students overcome personal issues that interfere with their academic development. They help students choose classes and plan for their lives after graduation. Counselors provide information about choosing and applying for colleges, training programs, financial aid, and internships and apprenticeships. They may present career workshops to help students search and apply for jobs, write résumés, and improve their interviewing skills.

Career counselors typically do the following:

  • Use aptitude and achievement assessments to help clients evaluate their interests, skills, and abilities
  • Evaluate clients’ background, education, and training, to help them develop realistic goals
  • Guide clients through making decisions about their careers, such as choosing a new profession and the type of degree to pursue
  • Help clients learn job search skills, such as interviewing and networking
  • Assist clients in locating and applying for jobs, by teaching them strategies to find openings and how to write a résumé
  • Advise clients on how to resolve problems in the workplace, such as conflicts with bosses or coworkers
  • Help clients select and apply for educational programs, to obtain the necessary degrees, credentials, and skills

Career counselors work with clients at various stages of their careers. Some work in colleges. They may help students choose a major or help students determine what jobs they are qualified for with their degrees.

Career counselors also work with people who have already entered the workforce. These counselors develop plans to improve their client’s current career. They also provide advice about entering a new profession.

Some career counselors work in outplacement firms and assist laid-off workers with transitioning into new jobs or careers. Others work in corporate career centers to assist employees in making decisions about their career path within the company.

Career counselors who work in private practice must spend time marketing their practice to prospective clients and working with clients to receive payments for their services.

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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 Career Paths

Academic Adviser
Adjunct Instructor Adjunct Professor
Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Assistant Professor Consultant
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Assistant Professor Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Team Leader Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Team Leader Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Lead Teacher Director
Founder And Director
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Consultant Program Manager
Associate Director
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Consultant Adjunct Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Team Leader Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Coach Lead Teacher Education Director
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Coach Faculty Assistant Professor
Assistant Dean
8 Yearsyrs
Therapist Program Manager Associate Director
Finance Aid Director
7 Yearsyrs
Coach Faculty Professor
Associate Dean
11 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Program Manager Associate Director
Career Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Assistant Director Of Admissions
5 Yearsyrs
Therapist Faculty Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Support Specialist Enrollment Specialist
Enrollment Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Professor Associate Dean Academic Dean
Student Services Director
5 Yearsyrs
Student Services Coordinator Enrollment Specialist Enrollment Manager
Admissions Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Lecturer Associate Professor Assistant Dean
Associate Director Of Admissions
6 Yearsyrs
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Academic Adviser Demographics

Gender

Female

57.5%

Male

30.5%

Unknown

12.0%
Ethnicity

White

59.2%

Hispanic or Latino

17.0%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

8.1%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.5%

French

11.0%

Arabic

6.3%

Italian

4.7%

Chinese

3.6%

German

3.4%

Mandarin

3.2%

Portuguese

3.1%

Korean

2.3%

Russian

2.1%

Japanese

1.9%

Hindi

1.8%

Cantonese

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Greek

1.1%

Bengali

1.0%

Polish

0.8%

Romanian

0.5%

Turkish

0.5%

Thai

0.5%
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Academic Adviser Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.1%

Liberty University

13.2%

Capella University

7.4%

Walden University

5.4%

Kaplan University

5.2%

Nova Southeastern University

4.7%

Northern Arizona University

4.4%

Arizona State University

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

University of South Florida

4.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.0%

Troy University

3.6%

University of Central Florida

3.4%

University of California - Irvine

3.4%

Grand Canyon University

3.4%

Ashford University

3.3%

New York University

3.2%

Webster University

3.0%

Florida State University

2.9%

University of Maryland - University College

2.8%
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Majors

Business

15.1%

School Counseling

10.7%

Educational Leadership

9.5%

Education

8.3%

Psychology

7.8%

Counseling Psychology

5.0%

Elementary Education

4.7%

English

4.5%

Communication

4.4%

Human Resources Management

4.0%

Management

3.6%

Social Work

3.1%

Sociology

3.1%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Political Science

2.8%

History

2.3%

Mental Health Counseling

2.1%

Kinesiology

2.1%

Public Administration

1.9%

Marketing

1.9%
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Degrees

Masters

52.4%

Bachelors

27.5%

Other

7.5%

Doctorate

7.2%

Certificate

2.8%

Associate

2.2%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$32,000
Min 10%
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
Wright State University
Highest Paying City
Minneapolis, MN
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does an Academic Adviser make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Academic Adviser in the United States is $68,456 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $32,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $142,000.

Real Academic Adviser Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Academic Adviser and Faculty Member Bard College Hudson, NY Mar 13, 2013 $80,000
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
Academic Advisor Four Winds Society, Inc. Groveland, FL Sep 17, 2014 $60,000
Senior International Academic Advisor Ivy Labs Education, Inc. New Haven, CT Oct 05, 2015 $60,000
International Academic Advisor: Engineering and Stem Fields Ivy Labs Education, Inc. New Haven, CT Sep 08, 2015 $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
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 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI May 14, 2013 $50,000
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
Senior Academic Advisor/Project Lead Florida International University North Miami, FL Oct 24, 2015 $45,440
Academic Development Advisor-Int'l Accountancy PR The Curators of The University of Missouri/UMKC Kansas City, MO Aug 15, 2014 $45,302 -
$66,516
Academic Advisor University of Massachusetts Boston Boston, MA Jun 30, 2016 $45,170
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

  1. Academic Performance
  2. Student Learning
  3. Financial Aid
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  • Counseled students on a variety of issues related to their academic performance, continuation of studies and general educational experience.
  • Provided in-depth academic advising to students, assisted academic affairs in improving student retention, teaching and achieving student learning outcomes.
  • Bill Affairs Familiar with financial aid regulations Student recruitment/retention training and development Public speaking and presentation skills
  • Provided career assessments for students using Myers-Briggs and interpretations of results to assist in career development.
  • Provided general undergraduate guidance at two liberal art Catholic universities through an online platform.

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