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Working As An Education Counselor

  • 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

  • $43,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Education Counselor 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 Education Counselor

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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Education Counselor Career Paths

Education Counselor
Program Coordinator Consultant Supervisor
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Consultant Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Consultant Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
School Counselor Therapist Case Manager
Senior Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
School Counselor Therapist
Clinical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
School Counselor Therapist Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Team Leader Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Team Leader Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Clinician
Clinical Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Clinical Social Worker
Social Work Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Clinician Team Leader Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Clinician Supervisor Director
Founder And Director
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Faculty Chairperson
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Nurse Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Guidance Counselor Mental Health Therapist Mental Health Case Manager
Family Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Therapeutic Support Staff Mental Health Case Manager
Housing Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Guidance Counselor Adjunct Instructor Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Assistant Director Of Admissions
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Guidance Counselor 4.3 years
Juvenile Counselor 3.2 years
School Counselor 2.8 years
Teacher Counselor 2.6 years
Lead Counselor 2.5 years
Clinical Counselor 2.5 years
Personal Counselor 2.3 years
Group Counselor 2.1 years
Counselor 2.0 years
Program Counselor 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Education Counselor
Internship 12.4%
Counselor 12.3%
Teacher 7.8%
Volunteer 5.8%
Instructor 3.8%
Cashier 3.7%
Supervisor 3.1%
Top Careers After Education Counselor
Internship 10.9%
Counselor 9.6%
Teacher 7.2%
Therapist 5.3%
Consultant 4.3%
Volunteer 4.3%
Educator 4.0%
Clinician 3.6%
Director 3.4%
Instructor 3.4%

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Education Counselor Demographics

Gender

Female

59.0%

Male

28.6%

Unknown

12.4%
Ethnicity

White

59.4%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.2%

French

8.9%

Chinese

7.0%

Portuguese

4.4%

Mandarin

3.8%

Hebrew

3.2%

Russian

2.5%

Italian

2.5%

German

2.5%

Vietnamese

1.9%

Bosnian

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Serbian

1.3%

Croatian

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Swahili

0.6%

Turkish

0.6%

Romanian

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%
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Education Counselor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.5%

Liberty University

9.5%

Walden University

8.7%

Grand Canyon University

6.1%

University of North Texas

5.2%

New York University

4.9%

Capella University

4.9%

Wilmington University

4.3%

Fordham University

4.0%

Nova Southeastern University

3.8%

Northwestern Connecticut Community College

3.8%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.8%

Kean University

3.5%

Temple University

3.5%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

Northeastern University

3.5%

University of South Florida

3.2%

University of Utah

3.2%

George Mason University

3.2%

Central Connecticut State University

3.2%
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Majors

School Counseling

13.9%

Psychology

11.9%

Business

9.1%

Social Work

8.1%

Counseling Psychology

7.7%

Education

7.4%

Mental Health Counseling

4.7%

Criminal Justice

4.3%

Nursing

3.9%

Sociology

3.7%

Educational Leadership

3.5%

Human Services

3.2%

Communication

2.9%

Clinical Psychology

2.6%

Special Education

2.6%

Elementary Education

2.4%

Human Resources Management

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Management

2.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.9%
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Degrees

Masters

40.2%

Bachelors

28.5%

Other

14.7%

Doctorate

6.8%

Associate

5.0%

Certificate

4.0%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.3%
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How much does an Education Counselor make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Education Counselor in the United States is $43,298 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $60,000.

Real Education Counselor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Educational Counselor Eagle Academy Public Charter School Washington, DC Aug 01, 2015 $66,999
Music Education Counselor Crown Tutoring Academy Inc. NY Aug 12, 2014 $60,000
International Education Counselor Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX Aug 12, 2016 $60,000
Educational Counselor New Dream Services Inc. Irvine, CA Feb 15, 2016 $59,626
Educational Counselor Fenwu University of Alternative Medicine, L.P. Alhambra, CA Jul 07, 2015 $57,200
Education Counselor New Oriental Education Center LLC Metuchen, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $56,000
Educational Counselors Eduteches International Inc. Brea, CA Jan 02, 2016 $55,000
Educational Counselor Pacific States University Los Angeles, CA May 19, 2015 $54,679
Educational Counselor Reid & Wise Consulting, LLC New York, NY Sep 09, 2015 $54,018
SR. Education Counselor Eagle Academy Public Charter School Washington, DC Aug 14, 2015 $52,853
Educational Counselor Thinktank Learning, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Aug 13, 2015 $52,520
Educational Counselor Blue Ivy NYC International Group Inc. New York, NY Sep 09, 2015 $52,175
Educational Counselor Reid & Wise Consulting, LLC NY Sep 13, 2014 $52,000
Educational Counselor Rhythmic Dreams, Inc. Needham, MA Aug 14, 2015 $44,500
Educational Counselor Sunny International Exchange, Inc. Monrovia, CA Sep 09, 2016 $42,846
Educational Counselor Sunny International Exchange, Inc. Monrovia, CA Sep 23, 2016 $42,846
ABA Counselor-Education Melmark, Inc. Andover, MA May 12, 2016 $42,765 -
$76,149
Educational Counselor Basis Educational Group, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 20, 2015 $42,500 -
$60,000
Educational Counselor Ivymax, Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 25, 2015 $42,387
Educational Counselor Thinktank Learning, Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 13, 2015 $42,245
Educational Counselor Living Stong Education LLC Centreville, VA Sep 25, 2015 $40,697
Educational Counselor Living Stone Education LLC Centreville, VA Sep 25, 2015 $40,697
International Educational Counselor California State University, San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA Mar 20, 2014 $40,560
Educational Counselor Edu-Link Consulting Corp Paramus, NJ Sep 22, 2015 $40,279
Educational Counselor Edu-Link Consulting Corp Paramus, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $40,279
Educational Counselor Mandarin Consulting International Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2016 $40,258
Educational Counselor Chongro Overseas Co. Ltd. New York, NY Dec 09, 2016 $40,258

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  3. Behavioral Issues
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  • Used naval database to advise individuals concerning educational status Advised personnel concerning Tuition Assistance procedures.
  • 2007-2008Assisted children who faced social adjustment problems and struggled with behavioral issues.
  • Provide counseling, behavior management and crisis intervention as well as monitor medication to insure compliance with medical instruction.
  • Assisted in planning and execution of behavior modification programs, educational programs and recreational therapy.

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