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Working As A Student 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

  • $47,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Student 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 Student 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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Student Advisor Career Paths

Student Advisor
Instructor Consultant Office Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Instructor Consultant Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Instructor Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Academic Adviser Adjunct Instructor Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Academic Adviser Adjunct Faculty Adjunct Professor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Academic Adviser Adjunct Instructor Principal
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Recruiter Senior Recruiter
Staffing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Team Leader Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Lead Teacher Assistant Director
School Director
6 Yearsyrs
Tutor Lead Teacher Education Director
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Program Manager Associate Director
Finance Aid Director
7 Yearsyrs
Tutor Fellow Assistant Professor
Assistant Dean
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Case Manager Director Of Admissions
Enrollment Management Director
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Program Manager Associate Director
Career Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Recruiter Senior Recruiter Recruitment Manager
Assistant Director Of Admissions
5 Yearsyrs
Tutor Special Education Teacher Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
Mentor Support Specialist Enrollment Specialist
Enrollment Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Faculty Associate Dean Academic Dean
Student Services Director
5 Yearsyrs
Admissions Representative Enrollment Specialist Enrollment Manager
Admissions Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor Assistant Dean
Associate Director Of Admissions
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Enrollment Advisor 2.3 years
Program Advisor 2.2 years
Career Advisor 2.1 years
Graduate Advisor 2.0 years
Student Advisor 2.0 years
Student Recruiter 1.8 years
Student Liaison 1.6 years
Peer Advisor 1.3 years
Student Mentor 1.3 years
Top Careers Before Student Advisor
Internship 14.8%
Teacher 7.9%
Volunteer 7.3%
Cashier 5.7%
Instructor 4.3%
Tutor 4.0%
President 3.0%
Server 2.9%
Assistant 2.9%
Top Careers After Student Advisor
Internship 13.5%
Teacher 8.7%
Volunteer 6.6%
Instructor 4.6%
President 3.5%
Cashier 3.5%
Tutor 3.3%
Server 3.1%
Consultant 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$47,000
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$27,000
Min 10%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Michigan State University
Highest Paying City
Bismarck, ND
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a Student Advisor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Student Advisor in the United States is $47,609 per year or $23 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $27,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $83,000.

Real Student Advisor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
High School Students Advisor Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science, Inc. Princeton, NJ Jan 09, 2016 $100,000
Campus Minister-International Student Advisor Stonehill College Easton, MA Jan 01, 2016 $62,965
Instructor/Student Advisor Brown College Mendota Heights, MN Oct 01, 2011 $59,452
Academic Student Advisor North Broward Preparatory Schools LLC Coconut Creek, FL Feb 01, 2013 $55,000
International Student Advisor Institute of Global Education Irvine, CA Jun 03, 2015 $54,995
Japanese Student Advisor Asa College New York, NY Jun 10, 2015 $54,018
International Student Adviser Education Significativa LLC Chula Vista, CA Sep 10, 2015 $50,000
International Student Adviser Education Significativa LLC Chula Vista, CA Sep 11, 2015 $50,000
International Student Advisor Culture Exchange Academy LLC Wheeling, IL Sep 22, 2016 $49,500
International Student Advisor Asa Institute of Business and Computer Technology New York, NY Sep 09, 2013 $47,000
Campus Minister-International Student Advisor Stonehill College Easton, MA Jan 01, 2016 $45,497
International Student and Scholar Advisor I Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Apr 18, 2016 $45,215
International Student and Scholar Advisor Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Sep 22, 2014 $43,247
International Student Advisor Monroe College Ltd. New Rochelle, NY Feb 01, 2011 $42,016
International Student Advisor Monroe College Ltd. New Rochelle, NY Feb 15, 2011 $42,016
Student Advisor/Counselor Anaheim University Anaheim, CA Sep 01, 2015 $41,218
Advisor for Interntional Students Orchepia School of Music, Inc. Irvine, CA Sep 21, 2014 $40,571
Graduate Student Advisor The William Carey International University Pasadena, CA Oct 01, 2014 $40,456
International Student Advisor HLR Partners, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $40,237
International Students Advisor Us-UHAK Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $40,237
Graduate Student Advisor The William Carey International University Pasadena, CA Oct 01, 2011 $39,000
International Student Affairs Advisor University of Kentucky Lexington, KY Aug 01, 2010 $39,000
Coordinator for Student Advising University of Wyoming Laramie, WY Jan 05, 2016 $38,709
Coordinator for Student Advising University of Wyoming Laramie, WY May 01, 2016 $38,709
International Student Advisor/Athletic Coach Western Nebraska Community College Scottsbluff, NE Jan 14, 2012 $38,000 -
$43,000
Middle School Student Advisor Denver Public Schools District 1 Denver, CO Sep 01, 2013 $37,551
1 Student Activities Advisor Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA Apr 01, 2013 $37,253

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Top Skills for A Student Advisor

  1. Financial Aid
  2. Student Records
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided details/deadlines, and other information regarding tuition and Financial Aid.
  • Organized and maintained confidential student records with integrity.
  • Completed voluntary customer service training to learn ways to enhance customer satisfaction and improve productivity.
  • Monitor student schedules to ensure only applicable courses related to the degree are selected and satisfactory academic performance is achieved.
  • Created and presented legal and regulatory policy orientation programs to new international students.

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Student Advisor Demographics

Gender

Female

53.0%

Male

32.6%

Unknown

14.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

10.4%

Asian

10.3%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.7%

French

11.0%

Chinese

6.6%

Mandarin

6.4%

Arabic

4.4%

German

4.1%

Italian

3.8%

Portuguese

3.1%

Japanese

2.9%

Russian

2.8%

Korean

2.5%

Cantonese

1.9%

Hindi

1.6%

Greek

1.3%

Turkish

0.9%

Persian

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%

Polish

0.9%

Hebrew

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%
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Student Advisor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.0%

Ashford University

9.4%

University of California - Los Angeles

7.2%

Boston University

7.1%

Northeastern University

5.4%

University of Minnesota - Duluth

4.9%

Truman State University

4.6%

Arizona State University

4.5%

University of South Florida

4.4%

Capella University

4.3%

Wake Forest University

4.0%

University of Central Florida

3.9%

Northern Illinois University

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Walden University

3.7%

Brigham Young University

3.7%

Western Washington University

3.3%

New York University

3.3%

Temple University

3.0%

Liberty University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

18.9%

Psychology

10.6%

Education

6.5%

Communication

6.2%

English

5.6%

Educational Leadership

5.5%

School Counseling

4.8%

Elementary Education

4.8%

Political Science

3.9%

Biology

3.5%

Sociology

3.5%

Criminal Justice

3.4%

Counseling Psychology

3.4%

Social Work

3.2%

Human Resources Management

3.2%

Marketing

3.1%

Management

2.6%

Accounting

2.6%

Kinesiology

2.4%

History

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.9%

Masters

32.7%

Other

10.9%

Doctorate

5.4%

Associate

4.3%

Certificate

2.9%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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