Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
SOC: 21-1012.00

Description:

Counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
273,400 employed

Projected (2024):
295,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Academic Advisement Director
  • Academic Adviser
  • Academic Advising Director
  • Academic Advisor
  • Academic Coordinator
  • Academic Counselor
  • Admissions Advisor
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Admissions Director
  • Adolescent Counselor
  • Adult Education Teacher
  • Adult School Counselor
  • Adviser
  • Advisor
  • Articulation Officer
  • Assessment Coordinator
  • Assessment Specialist
  • Career Advisor
  • Career Center Director
  • Career Coach
  • Career Consultant
  • Career Coordinator
  • Career Counselor
  • Career Developer
  • Career Development Consultant
  • Career Development Counselor
  • Career Development Director
  • Career Development Facilitator
  • Career Development Specialist
  • Career Guidance Counselor
  • Career Services Coordinator
  • Career Services Director
  • Career Technical Counselor
  • Career Transition Specialist
  • Child Guidance Counselor
  • College Counselor
  • College Recruiter
  • Comprehensive Advisor
  • Cooperative Education Director
  • Counseling Department Chair
  • Counseling Director
  • Counselor
  • Counselor Supervisor
  • Curriculum Counselor
  • Dean
  • Dean of Student Services
  • Dean of Students
  • Director Career Services
  • Director of Counseling
  • Director of Guidance
  • Director of Guidance in Public Schools
  • Director of Vocational Guidance
  • Disability Services Coordinator
  • Education Coordinator
  • Education Counselor
  • Educational Adviser
  • Educational Advisor
  • Educational Director
  • Educational Guidance Counselor
  • Educator
  • Elementary School Counselor
  • Employment Case Manager
  • Employment Coach
  • Employment Coordinator
  • Employment Counselor
  • Employment Specialist
  • Employment Trainer
  • Employment Training Specialist
  • Enrollment Counselor
  • Extension Course Counselor
  • Financial Aid Counselor
  • Financial Aid Director
  • Foreign Student Adviser
  • Future Farmers of America Advisor (FFA Advisor)
  • Guidance Adviser
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Guidance Director
  • Guidance Services Coordinator
  • High School Counselor
  • High School Guidance Counselor
  • Housing and Residence Life Director
  • International Student Counselor
  • Internship Coordinator
  • Job Coach
  • Job Developer
  • Job Placement Counselor
  • Learning Specialist
  • Life Skills Coach
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Middle School Counselor
  • Nurses' Association Counselor
  • Offender Employment Specialist (OES)
  • Offender Job Retention Specialist
  • Offender Workforce Development Program Manager (OWDPM)
  • Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS)
  • Outplacement Consultant
  • Placement Coordinator
  • Placement Director
  • Professor
  • Pupil Personnel Worker
  • Registrar
  • Residence Counselor
  • Resident Hall Director
  • Resume Writer
  • School Adjustment Counselor
  • School Counselor
  • School Guidance Counselor
  • School Psychologist
  • Special Services Supervisor
  • Student Advisor
  • Student Affairs Dean
  • Student Development Advisor
  • Student Development Specialist
  • Student Life Coordinator
  • Student Services Advisor
  • Student Services Coordinator
  • Student Services Counselor
  • Student Services Dean
  • Student Services Director
  • Student Success Counselor
  • Student Support Counselor
  • Student Support Services Director
  • Students Okay Without Drugs and Alcohol Counselor (SODA Counselor)
  • Study Abroad Advisor
  • Teacher
  • Teacher Advisor
  • Teacher Counselor
  • Transition Advisor
  • Transition Specialist
  • Tutor Coordinator
  • Veterans Contact Representative
  • Vocational Adviser
  • Vocational Counselor
  • Vocational Director
  • Vocational Evaluator
  • Vocational Examiner
  • Vocational Guidance Counselor
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Counsel individuals to help them understand and overcome personal, social, or behavioral problems affecting their educational or vocational situations.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Provide crisis intervention to students when difficult situations occur at schools.
  • Prepare students for later educational experiences by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Provide students with information on such topics as college degree programs and admission requirements, financial aid opportunities, trade and technical schools, and apprenticeship programs.
  • Teach classes and present self-help or information sessions on subjects related to education and career planning.
  • Conduct follow-up interviews with counselees to determine if their needs have been met.
  • Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
  • Plan and conduct orientation programs and group conferences to promote the adjustment of individuals to new life experiences such as starting college.
  • Assess needs for assistance such as rehabilitation, financial aid, or additional vocational training, and refer clients to the appropriate services.
  • Instruct individuals in career development techniques such as job search and application strategies, resume writing, and interview skills.
  • Address community groups, faculty, and staff members to explain available counseling services.
  • Compile and study occupational, educational, and economic information to assist counselees in determining and carrying out vocational and educational objectives.
  • Provide information for teachers and staff members involved in helping students or graduates identify and pursue employment opportunities.
  • Review transcripts to ensure that students meet graduation or college entrance requirements and write letters of recommendation.
  • Refer students to degree programs based on interests, aptitudes, or educational assessments.
  • Provide special services such as alcohol and drug prevention programs and classes that teach students to handle conflicts without resorting to violence.
  • Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities such as restrooms.
  • Interview clients to obtain information about employment history, educational background, and career goals, and to identify barriers to employment.
  • Establish and supervise peer counseling and peer tutoring programs.
  • Refer qualified counselees to employers or employment services for job placement.
  • Sponsor extracurricular activities such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
  • Confer with parents or guardians, teachers, administrators, and other professionals to discuss children's progress, resolve behavioral, academic, and other problems, and to determine priorities for students and their resource needs.
  • Evaluate students' or individuals' abilities, interests, and personality characteristics using tests, records, interviews, or professional sources.
  • Identify cases of domestic abuse or other family problems and encourage students or parents to seek additional assistance from mental health professionals.
  • Counsel students regarding educational issues, such as course and program selection, class scheduling and registration, school adjustment, truancy, study habits, and career planning.
  • Collaborate with teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of school programs and in the preparation of master schedules for curriculum offerings.
  • Observe students during classroom and play activities to evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Attend meetings, educational conferences, and training workshops and serve on committees.
  • Plan and promote career and employment-related programs and events, such as career planning presentations, work-experience programs, job fairs, and career workshops.
  • Establish and enforce administration policies and rules governing student behavior.
  • Establish contacts with employers to create internship and employment opportunities for students.
  • Plan, direct, and participate in recruitment and enrollment activities.
  • Supervise, train, and direct professional staff and interns.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Audio recorders
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital video disk DVD players
  • Laptop computers
  • Liquid crystal display LCD projectors
  • Overhead display projectors
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Projection equipment
  • Video cassette recorders VCR
  • Video recorders
  • Videoconferencing equipment
  • Yahoo! Messenger
  • ACT Discover
  • ACT WorkKeys
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Athena Software Penelope Case Management
  • Blackboard software
  • Blackboard Wimba
  • Career Cruising
  • Career decision-making programs
  • Career Dimensions Focus 2
  • Career management systems CMS
  • Career Zone
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC WONDER
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epi Info
  • Chat software
  • Citrix GoToMeeting
  • Coin Educational Products Climb K-5 Online
  • Coin Educational Products Coin Jr.
  • College Central Network Career Services Central
  • Computer-assisted career guidance software
  • Computer-assisted live supervision
  • Computerized diagnostic programs
  • Computerized statistical packages
  • Computerized testing programs
  • Counseling software
  • Data entry software
  • Database application software
  • Email software
  • Ext JS
  • EZAnalyze
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • Instant messaging software
  • Kuder Navigator
  • LexisNexis software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Word
  • Naviance Succeed
  • O*NET OnLine
  • Oracle PeopleSoft software
  • Oracle software
  • Orbius
  • Palm Pal Transana
  • Prezi
  • Productivity software
  • Social Solutions ETO
  • Student information systems SIS
  • Web browser software
  • Web page design and editing software
  • Word processing software
  • Yahoo! Email
  • Zoomerang


  • community and social service


    industry stats

    SOC: 21-0000

    Total Employed: 1,972,140

    Average Annual Salary: $46,160