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School Counselors

School counselors provide educational, social, personal and career counseling to individuals and groups. They help students evaluate their interests, talents and abilities in order to develop academic and career goals. They work in elementary, middle and high schools. An increasing emphasis has been given to college readiness counseling.

Some sample job titles are guidance counselor, educational counselor, academic advisor and academic counselor.

High school counselors help students and their parents prepare for post-secondary education and/or trade schools. They assist families locate pertinent information regarding financial aid and college and trade school entrance requirements. They offer students advice on preparing for college entrance related tests and help them acquire recommendation letters. High school counselors spend a lot of time monitoring students' progress toward graduation and being prepared for college or trade schools.

Counselors employed in elementary schools primarily work with students that have physical handicaps or disrupt classrooms. They are also involved in academic and college readiness and social and personal competencies.

Educational counselors work with teachers, parents, school administrators, school psychologists and others to determine and implement strategies that will help students succeed. They utilize personal interviews, counseling sessions, aptitude tests and various career assessment methods. They also help students whose behavior is interfering with academic achievements.

Guidance counselors collaborate with teachers and other school personnel to develop and implement a plan which addresses the behavioral problems of students. They also work with family members and provide advice in areas such as career development, college readiness, study skills, parenting skills, school-home transitions and child and adolescent development.

They also establish student groups to deal with common issues such as divorce. School counselors also deal with issues such as multiculturalism, diversity and school safety. Educational counselors also collaborate with outside groups that help students with academics. They may also coordinate state programs that help students.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with teachers and parents to resolve students' academic problems, behavioral problems and other issues
  • Provide counseling on personal, social and behavioral issues
  • Help prepare students for college and/or trade schools
  • Maintain records on students
  • Provide crisis intervention to students if difficult situations happen at schools
  • Have meetings with parents to discuss their children's progress
  • Observe and evaluate students' academic performance, social development, physical health and behavior

Job Characteristics

Educational counselors often work more hours at school than teachers since they often spend time meeting with students and parents before and after school. Guidance counselors typically have their own office. Some school counselors work part-time.

They need to be able to deal with all types of people. They should have patience and have a desire to help people. Good communication and interpersonal skills are important for the occupation.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected employment growth of 14 percent from 2008 to 2018 for educational, vocational and school counselors, which is faster than average for all occupations. In addition, the median annual salary for educational, vocational and school counselors in 2008 was $51,050.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Many school counselors are certified educators that have a master's degree in school counseling that includes specific school counseling graduate training. Some school counselors have a bachelor's degree in education, psychology, or the liberal arts. Many counselors study topics such as group dynamics, counseling, statistics, and human growth and development.

The Council on the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs provides accreditation to counselor education programs. These programs include an internship that is supervised by a school counseling faculty member and a certified school counselor site supervisor.

Some states require school counselors to have a state school counseling certification along with completing some graduate coursework. Most require school counselors to complete a master's degree. Certification varies by state. In some states, school counselors have to be licensed. In some states, school counselors need counseling and teaching certificates along with teaching experience.

National certification of school counselors is provided by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the National Board for Certified Counselors.

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Major Employers

The primary employers are public schools and private schools.

Schools for Educational Counselors are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Educational Counselors

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Educational Counselors jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 660 $54,010
Hoover 660 $54,010
Mobile 340 $51,080
Huntsville 330 $55,930
Auburn 280 $47,510
Opelika 280 $47,510
Tuscaloosa 270 $45,810
Montgomery 260 $54,260
Foley 210 $39,050
Fairhope 210 $39,050
Daphne 210 $39,050
Muscle Shoals 120 $54,300
Florence 120 $54,300
Jacksonville 70 $54,080
Anniston 70 $54,080
Oxford 70 $54,080
Dothan 70 $55,560
Gadsden 60 $51,480
Decatur 50 $58,360
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 330 $67,510
Fairbanks 220 $77,390
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 5470 $49,060
Phoenix 5470 $49,060
Scottsdale 5470 $49,060
Tucson 1370 $38,100
Flagstaff 210 $39,000
Prescott 210 $46,260
Lake Havasu City 80 $43,720
Kingman 80 $43,720
Yuma 80 $43,980
Douglas 80 $49,850
Sierra Vista 80 $49,850
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 430 $58,800
North Little Rock 430 $58,800
Little Rock 430 $58,800
Jonesboro 100 $49,380
Hot Springs 60 $58,490
Pine Bluff 50 $49,640
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 10010 $62,160
Long Beach 10010 $62,160
Los Angeles 10010 $62,160
San Francisco 4020 $57,560
Hayward 4020 $57,560
Oakland 4020 $57,560
Carlsbad 2550 $58,970
San Diego 2550 $58,970
Ontario 2240 $70,720
San Bernardino 2240 $70,720
Riverside 2240 $70,720
Sacramento 1310 $67,710
Arden 1310 $67,710
Roseville 1310 $67,710
Arcade 1310 $67,710
San Jose 1260 $75,710
Sunnyvale 1260 $75,710
Santa Clara 1260 $75,710
Fresno 1020 $59,740
Bakersfield 740 $56,320
Oxnard 510 $69,090
Ventura 510 $69,090
Thousand Oaks 510 $69,090
San Luis Obispo 400 $44,520
Arroyo Grande 400 $44,520
Paso Robles 400 $44,520
Santa Cruz 390 $49,260
Watsonville 390 $49,260
Porterville 380 $39,210
Visalia 380 $39,210
Modesto 340 $50,240
Merced 340 $57,740
Santa Rosa 330 $58,350
Lodi 320 $70,010
Stockton 320 $70,010
Salinas 290 $46,460
Chico 270 $51,710
Fairfield 240 $55,440
Vallejo 240 $55,440
Redding 180 $50,190
Napa 130 $66,380
Yuba City 70 $62,580
Hanford 60 $70,360
Corcoran 60 $70,360
El Centro 60 $83,560
Santa Maria -2222 $50,050
Santa Barbara -2222 $50,050
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 2030 $48,350
Denver 2030 $48,350
Lakewood 2030 $48,350
Colorado Springs 670 $47,920
Fort Collins 290 $49,050
Boulder 280 $58,200
Greeley 220 $47,630
Grand Junction 110 $48,540
Pueblo 110 $49,990
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 1590 $60,140
West Hartford 1590 $60,140
Hartford 1590 $60,140
Stamford 1430 $66,150
Norwalk 1430 $66,150
Bridgeport 1430 $66,150
New Haven 700 $66,070
Waterbury 290 $46,620
Danbury 100 $78,130
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 250 $66,530
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 3630 $50,770
Fort Lauderdale 3630 $50,770
Miami 3630 $50,770
Tampa 1910 $49,030
Clearwater 1910 $49,030
St. Petersburg 1910 $49,030
Jacksonville 1230 $59,500
Orlando 1140 $47,900
Sanford 1140 $47,900
Kissimmee 1140 $47,900
Palm Bay 340 $46,010
Titusville 340 $46,010
Melbourne 340 $46,010
Lakeland 320 $59,800
Winter Haven 320 $59,800
Daytona Beach 300 $48,150
Deltona 300 $48,150
Ormond Beach 300 $48,150
Brent 290 $48,770
Pensacola 290 $48,770
Ferry Pass 290 $48,770
Tallahassee 290 $53,050
Bradenton 240 $50,700
Sarasota 240 $50,700
North Port 240 $50,700
Cape Coral 220 $64,420
Fort Myers 220 $64,420
Gainesville 190 $46,940
Fort Walton Beach 80 $61,500
Destin 80 $61,500
Crestview 80 $61,500
Sebring 50 $48,130
Punta Gorda 50 $73,490
Sebastian 40 $58,950
Vero Beach 40 $58,950
Ocala -2222 $54,680
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlanta 5780 $54,710
Roswell 5780 $54,710
Sandy Springs 5780 $54,710
Athens 350 $43,180
Clarke County 350 $43,180
Macon 260 $40,300
Warner Robins 170 $58,400
Gainesville 160 $55,980
Rome 150 $50,040
Albany 150 $50,890
Valdosta 130 $49,550
Dalton 110 $49,380
Hinesville 40 $75,750
Brunswick 30 $54,210
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 1190 $54,320
Lahaina 70 $56,320
Wailuku 70 $56,320
Kahului 70 $56,320
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 640 $40,710
Coeur d'Alene 130 $34,050
Idaho Falls 70 $38,770
Pocatello 70 $41,300
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Champaign 220 $51,310
Urbana 220 $51,310
Peoria 210 $42,230
Springfield 210 $45,010
Rockford 150 $71,500
Carbondale 140 $19,420
Marion 140 $19,420
Kankakee 130 $46,150
Bloomington -2222 $54,660
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 1080 $53,830
Carmel 1080 $53,830
Indianapolis 1080 $53,830
Bloomington 310 $58,550
Fort Wayne 230 $49,470
Lafayette 220 $46,100
West Lafayette 220 $46,100
Terre Haute 110 $43,350
Elkhart 100 $50,950
Goshen 100 $50,950
La Porte 90 $44,250
Michigan City 90 $44,250
Muncie 70 $45,580
Columbus 50 $58,300
Kokomo 40 $51,030
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 460 $55,720
Des Moines 460 $55,720
Iowa City 270 $55,780
Cedar Rapids 180 $50,880
Cedar Falls 160 $43,420
Waterloo 160 $43,420
Ames 160 $47,960
Dubuque 70 $48,480
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 490 $48,400
Topeka 160 $56,210
Manhattan 80 $44,060
Lawrence 70 $40,050
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 430 $52,050
Fayette 430 $52,050
Bowling Green 220 $47,500
Fort Knox 120 $69,180
Elizabethtown 120 $69,180
Owensboro 80 $60,050
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 1040 $54,190
Metairie 880 $51,720
New Orleans 880 $51,720
Shreveport 400 $55,770
Bossier City 400 $55,770
Lafayette 350 $54,130
Thibodaux 180 $56,040
Houma 180 $56,040
Lake Charles 170 $57,640
Monroe 130 $52,200
Alexandria 70 $48,330
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 360 $49,750
South Portland 360 $49,750
Bangor 160 $44,710
Auburn 110 $42,600
Lewiston 110 $42,600
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 3000 $54,480
Towson 3000 $54,480
Columbia 3000 $54,480
Lexington Park 70 $84,220
California 70 $84,220
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 270 $57,260
New Bedford 180 $73,360
Gardner 160 $68,750
Leominster 160 $68,750
Pittsfield 100 $56,370
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 2080 $49,140
Warren 2080 $49,140
Detroit 2080 $49,140
East Lansing 580 $56,250
Lansing 580 $56,250
Ann Arbor 260 $52,110
Flint 230 $49,090
Kalamazoo 170 $45,730
Portage 170 $45,730
Muskegon 110 $63,140
Jackson 100 $42,670
Niles 100 $44,340
Benton Harbor 100 $44,340
Battle Creek 70 $46,820
Bay City 60 $51,470
Monroe 40 $71,130
Grand Rapids -2222 $57,850
Wyoming -2222 $57,850
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 160 $53,250
St. Cloud 110 $50,420
Mankato 60 $44,740
North Mankato 60 $44,740
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 450 $43,240
Pascagoula 190 $52,290
Biloxi 190 $52,290
Gulfport 190 $52,290
Hattiesburg 110 $54,200
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 670 $41,590
Springfield 510 $52,830
Jefferson City 220 $41,650
Joplin 170 $44,570
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 140 $39,410
Great Falls 70 $44,300
Missoula 60 $34,150
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 300 $49,460
Grand Island 50 $59,460
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1390 $51,520
Henderson 1390 $51,520
Las Vegas 1390 $51,520
Reno 400 $55,250
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 140 $53,130
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 430 $71,170
Atlantic City 210 $80,890
Hammonton 210 $80,890
Vineland 160 $68,240
Bridgeton 160 $68,240
Ocean City 50 $72,860
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 560 $52,690
Las Cruces 160 $56,470
Farmington 150 $48,170
Santa Fe 140 $57,190
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 1530 $52,000
Niagara Falls 1490 $50,730
Buffalo 1490 $50,730
Cheektowaga 1490 $50,730
Albany 1120 $57,530
Schenectady 1120 $57,530
Troy 1120 $57,530
Syracuse 630 $59,200
Ithaca 570 $64,610
Rome 340 $48,940
Utica 340 $48,940
Binghamton 230 $53,720
Watertown 140 $49,750
Fort Drum 140 $49,750
Kingston 120 $76,240
Elmira 100 $53,880
Glens Falls 90 $61,940
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 850 $49,240
Durham 550 $47,010
Chapel Hill 550 $47,010
Greensboro 500 $47,860
High Point 500 $47,860
Winston 360 $46,960
Salem 360 $46,960
Lenoir 250 $48,050
Hickory 250 $48,050
Morganton 250 $48,050
Fayetteville 220 $45,070
Asheville 210 $45,050
Greenville 140 $45,540
Wilmington 140 $47,260
Burlington 90 $45,550
Rocky Mount 70 $53,740
New Bern 50 $51,490
Goldsboro 50 $52,930
Jacksonville -2222 $46,390
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 130 $54,040
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 1900 $61,160
Cleveland 1900 $61,160
Columbus 1770 $55,790
Dayton 660 $54,910
Toledo 630 $47,110
Akron 500 $47,050
Canton 400 $49,580
Massillon 400 $49,580
Lima 100 $58,110
Mansfield 80 $52,730
Springfield 80 $67,760
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 1280 $40,310
Tulsa 770 $43,170
Lawton 130 $46,150
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 270 $60,560
Eugene 240 $53,620
Corvallis 100 $47,800
Medford 70 $54,200
Grants Pass 50 $-2,222
Redmond 50 $69,010
Bend 50 $69,010
Albany 40 $58,570
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1640 $54,620
Scranton 430 $54,840
Wilkes 430 $54,840
Hazleton 430 $54,840
Barre 430 $54,840
Carlisle 420 $52,890
Harrisburg 420 $52,890
Lancaster 270 $62,520
Erie 220 $46,190
Hanover 210 $62,850
York 210 $62,850
Reading 200 $62,840
Lebanon 100 $57,420
Altoona 90 $43,990
Johnstown 70 $48,040
Gettysburg 70 $58,330
Williamsport 70 $62,640
Waynesboro 60 $60,000
Chambersburg 60 $60,000
East Stroudsburg 60 $65,940
Bloomsburg 50 $53,620
Berwick 50 $53,620
State College -2222 $54,130
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 930 $-1,111
San Juan 930 $-1,111
Carolina 930 $-1,111
Ponce 140 $37,840
Arecibo 100 $36,000
Aguadilla 80 $43,420
Isabela 80 $43,420
Mayag�ez 60 $35,860
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 1070 $45,220
Mauldin 720 $48,200
Greenville 720 $48,200
Anderson 720 $48,200
North Charleston 650 $53,370
Charleston 650 $53,370
Beaufort 320 $49,120
Bluffton 320 $49,120
Hilton Head Island 320 $49,120
Spartanburg 290 $49,290
Florence 140 $50,300
Sumter 100 $57,240
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 180 $42,980
Rapid City 130 $42,890
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 1400 $49,660
Franklin 1400 $49,660
Davidson 1400 $49,660
Nashville 1400 $49,660
Knoxville 520 $45,840
Morristown 120 $39,750
Jackson 100 $49,350
Johnson City 80 $45,160
Cleveland -2222 $47,240
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 6050 $64,400
Fort Worth 6050 $64,400
Arlington 6050 $64,400
Houston 5030 $59,920
Sugar Land 5030 $59,920
The Woodlands 5030 $59,920
Round Rock 2070 $56,230
Austin 2070 $56,230
New Braunfels 1810 $57,410
San Antonio 1810 $57,410
McAllen 900 $64,010
Edinburg 900 $64,010
Mission 900 $64,010
El Paso 850 $57,400
Bryan 620 $44,890
College Station 620 $44,890
Lubbock 520 $39,480
Temple 470 $51,070
Killeen 470 $51,070
Harlingen 430 $59,620
Brownsville 430 $59,620
Corpus Christi 410 $57,250
Waco 390 $51,610
Amarillo 270 $54,000
Port Arthur 250 $52,660
Beaumont 250 $52,660
Tyler 200 $47,140
Laredo 190 $61,570
Longview 160 $48,940
Abilene 160 $53,510
Victoria 140 $32,410
Wichita Falls 130 $52,630
Midland 130 $62,320
San Angelo 120 $50,230
Odessa 120 $60,150
Sherman 90 $54,340
Denison 90 $54,340
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 1090 $51,010
Orem 990 $40,620
Provo 990 $40,620
Ogden 350 $46,040
Clearfield 350 $46,040
St. George 130 $37,690
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 260 $52,370
Burlington 260 $52,370
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 990 $57,110
Roanoke 300 $52,430
Charlottesville 230 $47,690
Christiansburg 180 $47,360
Blacksburg 180 $47,360
Radford 180 $47,360
Harrisonburg 150 $45,280
Lynchburg 150 $47,140
Waynesboro 110 $50,370
Staunton 110 $50,370
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 2480 $59,740
Seattle 2480 $59,740
Bellevue 2480 $59,740
Spokane 410 $63,730
Spokane Valley 410 $63,730
Tumwater 280 $57,310
Olympia 280 $57,310
Richland 190 $65,030
Kennewick 190 $65,030
Yakima 180 $65,430
Bellingham 150 $55,770
Silverdale 100 $69,140
Bremerton 100 $69,140
Anacortes 70 $61,250
Mount Vernon 70 $61,250
Wenatchee 60 $59,090
Longview 50 $55,380
Walla Walla 30 $48,990
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 290 $46,230
Vienna 120 $31,350
Parkersburg 120 $31,350
Morgantown 100 $42,300
Beckley 60 $46,730
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 1130 $55,050
Waukesha 1130 $55,050
Milwaukee 1130 $55,050
Madison 800 $43,860
Green Bay 250 $50,530
Wausau 130 $55,470
Appleton 120 $45,050
Sheboygan 110 $40,680
Neenah 110 $44,800
Oshkosh 110 $44,800
Racine 80 $33,280
Eau Claire 80 $52,950
Fond du Lac 60 $44,260
Beloit 60 $58,970
Janesville 60 $58,970
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 80 $59,570

Most Popular Industries for :
Educational Counselors

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Education 193,240 79% $54,140
Social Service 23,930 9% $34,850
Government 10,630 4% $49,580
Nursing And Residential Care 5,840 2% $28,470
Office Services And Staffing 3,380 1% $29,130
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  • Designated as a Military Friendly School every year since 2012 by Victory Media.
  • Offers credit for prior learning and experience through assessment tests.
  • Provides a short term Leadership Certification program in partnership with EQUIP®.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
Programs
  • Alcohol & Drug Counseling Studies
  • Morning, afternoon, evening and weekend classes are available.
  • Offers lifetime career assistance services to graduates, including resume and cover letter assistance, employer networking, and one-on-one employment counseling.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
  • 8 campuses located across California, with 3 additional campuses in New Hampshire and Maine and online options.
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Programs
  • Doctor of Psychology, Mediation & Conflict Resolution
  • MA in Psychology, General Psychology
  • MA in Psychology, Career Management and Counseling Specialization
  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Received the 2013 Making a Difference for Students Award from Quality Matters.
  • Offers a free student app for smartphones and tablets, helping students keep up to date.
  • Has a Golden Key International Honour Society and SALUTE Veterans Honor Society.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
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