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Working As A Program Advisor

  • 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

  • $52,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Program Advisor 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 A Program Advisor

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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Program Advisor Career Paths

Program Advisor
Consultant Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Supervisor Training Manager
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Consultant Manager Account Manager
Recruitment Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Assistant Director Director Of Admissions
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Business Development Manager Recruitment Manager
Recruitment Director
6 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Associate Director
Finance Aid Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Program Director
Director Of Outreach
6 Yearsyrs
Manager Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Assistant Director Director Of Admissions
Enrollment Management Director
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Case Manager Director Of Admissions
Career Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Account Manager Recruitment Manager
Assistant Director Of Admissions
5 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Office Manager Of Human Resources Human Resources Generalist/Manager
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Senior Advisor Senior Training Specialist Senior Instructional Designer
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Professor Adjunct Instructor
Associate Dean
11 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Department Chairperson Academic Dean
Student Services Director
5 Yearsyrs
Chairperson Department Chairperson Assistant Dean
Associate Director Of Admissions
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$52,000
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$28,000
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Best Paying Company
Brown University
Highest Paying City
Santa Clara, CA
Highest Paying State
New Jersey
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a Program Advisor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Program Advisor in the United States is $52,855 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $28,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $98,000.

Real Program Advisor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Program Advisor Riskon, Inc. Tenafly, NJ Jun 15, 2013 $208,700 -
$313,050
Senior Program Advisor/Director Columbia University New York, NY Aug 01, 2012 $160,000
Special Advisor for International Programs & Partnerships Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange Between East & West, Inc. Urban Honolulu, HI Mar 16, 2016 $121,830
Senior Program Advisor Futures Group Global, LLC Arlington, VA Dec 15, 2010 $95,000
Technical Program Advisor for Phase II Global Fund Cicatelli Associates Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $90,100
Global Mobility  Program Advisor/Administrator National Oilwell Varco, L.P. Houston, TX Aug 06, 2015 $76,600
Islamic Finance Program Advisor ZEUS Capital Advisers, LLC Rosemont, IL Nov 01, 2009 $70,000
Nursing Mentor Program Advisor Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Atlanta, GA Mar 01, 2011 $66,311
Advisor for Academic Programs Pratt Institute New York, NY Mar 22, 2016 $52,336
Program Advisor The Washington Center for Internships and Seminars Washington, DC Dec 15, 2009 $49,944
Advisor for Academic Programs Pratt Institute New York, NY Mar 22, 2013 $49,332
Program Advisor Prindas LLC Vermilion, OH Sep 25, 2014 $46,500
Program Advisor Prindas LLC Vermilion, OH Sep 26, 2014 $46,500
International Program Advisor Kent State University Kent, OH Jul 01, 2014 $44,771
Instrumental Program Advisor Orchepia of Music Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 25, 2013 $41,886
Piano Program Advisor Orchepia Uc, LLC Irvine, CA Sep 20, 2015 $41,218
Flute Program Advisor Orchepia School of Music, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 30, 2016 $40,237
Teachers of Tomorrow Program Advisor Minnesota State University Mankato Mankato, MN Jun 30, 2014 $38,480
Program Advisor New York Film Academy CA Oct 01, 2010 $37,566
Composition Program Advisor Orchepia School of Music, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 22, 2013 $36,523
Spanish Immersion Program Advisor Central College Pella, IA Aug 01, 2015 $35,130 -
$49,000

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Top Skills for A Program Advisor

  1. Financial Aid
  2. Technical Assistance
  3. Customer Service
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  • Provided participants with information and support with their post-secondary options and assistance with college applications and financial aid.
  • Deliver high quality and consistent training and technical assistance using multiple modes of communication and coaching.
  • Review inquires and determines action necessary to provide requested information or to resolve a problem and provided extensive customer service.
  • Identified community resources for expanded support to students.
  • Provide developers assistance with their accounts while taking calls and emails from Developers answering many non-technical and technical questions.

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  3. Connecticut
  4. Washington
  5. Alaska
  6. District of Columbia
  7. California
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Program Advisor Demographics

Gender

Female

49.2%

Male

39.4%

Unknown

11.3%
Ethnicity

White

58.5%

Hispanic or Latino

17.2%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.8%

French

11.6%

Portuguese

4.6%

German

4.2%

Mandarin

3.2%

Chinese

3.2%

Arabic

2.8%

Italian

2.3%

Japanese

2.3%

Korean

1.9%

Russian

1.9%

Zulu

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

Swedish

0.9%

Swahili

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Cantonese

0.9%

Danish

0.9%

Dari

0.9%

Amharic

0.9%
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Program Advisor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.3%

Boston University

8.8%

University of Southern California

8.1%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

6.8%

Capella University

5.1%

Walden University

4.7%

Liberty University

4.7%

Strayer University

4.4%

George Washington University

4.1%

New York University

3.7%

National University

3.7%

Harvard University

3.7%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

3.7%

Arizona State University

3.4%

San Diego State University

3.4%

University of Texas at Austin

3.4%

Colorado State University

3.4%

Northeastern University

3.4%

University of South Florida

3.1%

Ashford University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

21.8%

Psychology

8.2%

Educational Leadership

6.6%

Education

6.4%

Communication

5.6%

Criminal Justice

5.3%

School Counseling

4.7%

Management

4.4%

Elementary Education

4.4%

Political Science

4.3%

Human Resources Management

3.8%

Sociology

3.7%

Social Work

3.6%

Accounting

3.2%

English

2.7%

Marketing

2.5%

Nursing

2.3%

International Relations

2.3%

Public Relations

2.1%

History

2.0%
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Degrees

Masters

37.3%

Bachelors

37.3%

Other

12.8%

Doctorate

4.9%

Associate

3.8%

Certificate

3.2%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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