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Counselor
“We hear you and help work things out!”
Counselors assist people with personal, family, educational, mental health, and career problems
The Job
Their duties vary greatly depending on their occupational specialty, which is determined by the setting in which they work and the population they serve.
Work Environment
Work environment can vary greatly depending on occupational specialty. School counselors work predominantly in schools, where they usually have an office but also may work in classrooms.
College Majors
master's degree
Minimum Qualifications
Education and training requirements for counselors are often very detailed and vary by State and specialty. Prospective counselors should check with State and local governments, employers, and national voluntary certification organizations to determine which requirements apply.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Counselors must possess high physical and emotional energy to handle the array of problems that they address.
Quick Facts
  • A master's degree generally is required to become a licensed counselor.
  • Job opportunities for counselors should be very good because job openings are expected to exceed the number of graduates from counseling programs.
  • The health care and social assistance industry employs about 47 percent of counselors, and state and local government employ about 11 percent.
  • School counselors can earn additional income by working summers in the school system or in other jobs.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of educational, vocational, and school counselors in May 2008 were $51,050. The middle 50 percent earned between $38,740 and $65,360. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,360, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $82,330.
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