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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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Hispanic or Latino11.3%
Black or African American0.8%
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University of Phoenix9.3%
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor8.9%
University of Washington7.0%
Portland State University6.7%
University of Southern California5.1%
University of Arizona5.1%
Texas A&M University4.8%
University of California - San Diego4.5%
Colorado State University4.5%
Grand Canyon University4.5%
Kansas State University4.2%
University of California - Irvine4.2%
Arizona State University4.2%
Michigan State University3.8%
University of Tampa3.8%
Ohio University -3.5%
George Washington University3.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Foreign Student Bilingual Coordinator||CAU, Inc.||Alhambra, CA||Oct 01, 2011||$60,836|
|International Student Coordinator||CAU, Inc.||Alhambra, CA||Oct 01, 2011||$60,836|
|International Student Coordinator||Micropower USA Corp||New York, NY||Sep 17, 2013||$57,059|
|International Student Coordinator||Touro College||New York, NY||Sep 08, 2011||$57,000 -
|International Student Cultural Exchange Coordinator||Cultural Exchange USA, Inc.||Palm Beach Gardens, FL||Aug 25, 2015||$54,784|
|International Student Cultural Exchange Coordinator||Cultural Exchange USA, Inc.||Palm Beach Gardens, FL||Aug 14, 2015||$54,784|
|International Student Coordinator||Stratford University, Inc.||Fairfax, VA||Aug 19, 2014||$53,934|
|Faculty/Student Coordinator||Boston College||MA||Jun 21, 2014||$50,672|
|Faculty/Student Coordinator||Boston College||MA||Jun 19, 2013||$50,672|
|Graduate Admissions&Student Relations Coordinator||Campbell University, Incorporated||Buies Creek, NC||Dec 16, 2015||$49,700|
|Student Organization Coordinator||Northwestern University||Evanston, IL||Apr 28, 2010||$48,506|
|International Student Coordinator||Texas Tech University||Houston, TX||Jul 01, 2015||$48,000|
|Graduate Student Relations Coordinator||Campbell University, Inc.||Buies Creek, NC||Dec 17, 2012||$48,000|
|International Student Coordinator||Lander University||Greenwood, SC||May 01, 2012||$46,467|
|Residential International Student Coordinator||Board of Regents of The University of Nebraska||Lincoln, NE||Jun 13, 2016||$46,259|
|Faculty/Student Coordinator||Boston College||MA||Jun 20, 2012||$43,368|
|International Student Coordinator||Miami University||Oxford, OH||Oct 17, 2016||$42,230|
|Coordinator of Student Affairs||United Community Center||Milwaukee, WI||Aug 16, 2013||$40,000|
|International Student Coordinator||Lander University||Greenwood, SC||May 01, 2012||$39,000|
|Residential International Student Coordinator||Board of Regents of The University of Nebraska||Lincoln, NE||Jun 15, 2015||$38,000|
|Coordinator, Intercultural Religious Student Progra||Asbury University||Wilmore, KY||Aug 14, 2013||$36,720|
|International Student Coordinator||Micropower USA Corp||New York, NY||Sep 26, 2013||$36,314|
|Coordinator of Student Organizations & Civic Engag||Wichita State University||Wichita, KS||Jun 15, 2013||$36,171|
|International Student Coordinator||Trustees of Amherst College||MA||Jul 01, 2014||$36,000|
|Coordinator, Student Engagement||Arizona State University||Tempe, AZ||Jul 01, 2014||$36,000|
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