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Educational, Guidance, School, & Vocational Counselors

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

What they do:
Counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.
  • Identify cases of domestic abuse or other family problems and encourage students or parents to seek additional assistance from mental health professionals.

Knowledge

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

Skills

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

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

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
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Social Orientation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • FileMaker Pro Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
  • ACT WorkKeys
  • Computerized diagnostic programs
Web page creation and editing software
  • Facebook Hot Technology
  • LinkedIn Hot Technology

Education

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

Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs include:

  • Counselor

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$55,410
$32,660
$91,960

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