Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors

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What do they do?

Counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.

Also known as:

Academic Advisement Director, Academic Advisor, Academic Counselor, Admissions Counselor, Adult School Counselor, Advisor, Articulation Officer, Career Consultant, Career Counselor, Career Services Coordinator, Career Technical Counselor, College Counselor, Counselor, Elementary School Counselor, Guidance Counselor, Guidance Director, High School Counselor, High School Guidance Counselor, Internship Coordinator, Job Coach, School Adjustment Counselor, School Counselor, Student Advisor, Student Development Advisor, Student Services Coordinator, Student Services Counselor, Student Support Counselor, Teacher Advisor, Transition Advisor, Vocational Counselor, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 3.7%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #9 in job growth rate
  • 930

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #13 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (5%)
  • Master's degree (51.5%)
  • Bachelor's degree (24.7%)
  • Associate's degree (5%)
  • Some college, no degree (7.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (4.8%)
  • Less than high school diploma (1.3%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Intervene in crisis situations to assist clients.
  • Confer with family members to discuss client treatment plans or progress.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan treatments.
  • Evaluate potential problems in home or work environments of clients.
  • Counsel clients regarding interpersonal issues.
  • Counsel clients regarding educational or vocational issues.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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