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Educational, Guidance, School, & Vocational Counselors

Also called: Academic Advisor, Counselor, Guidance Counselor, School Counselor

Where in the Coast Guard? In the Coast Guard: CWO - Ship's Clerk; LDO - Administration; RL - Special Duty - Foreign Area Officer, Qualified

What they do:
Counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.
On the job, you would:
  • Counsel individuals to help them understand and overcome personal, social, or behavioral problems affecting their educational or vocational situations.
  • Provide crisis intervention to students when difficult situations occur at schools.
  • 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.


Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
  • therapy and counseling
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Dependability


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Student information systems SIS
Analytical or scientific software
  • ACT WorkKeys
  • Computerized diagnostic programs
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree
usually needed

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