Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+8% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Master's degree


What Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors Do

Advise and assist students and provide educational and vocational guidance services.

Other Job Titles Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors May Have

Academic Advisor, Academic Counselor, Admissions Counselor, Career Counselor, College Counselor, Guidance Counselor, School Adjustment Counselor, School Counselor, Student Development Advisor, Student Services Coordinator

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

College Access Program Specialist ,

CollegeBound Foundation

Working with students, there isn't ever a typical day. Working in the inner city ads layers to this. So if someone shadowed me for a day, I can not tell you with certainty what they would see.

Director, College and Career Readiness ,

Indiana Chamber of Commerce

The optimist in me believes that each day is great when your passionate about your work. A typical day involves many phone conversations and meetings with diverse groups, partners, and colleagues to plan, organize and execute initiatives that I manage. My work involves developing innovative and practical solutions to increase educational attainment in Indiana that can be replicated statewide. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by great colleagues, partners, and others that I can learn from.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.
  • Counsel individuals to help them understand and overcome personal, social, or behavioral problems affecting their educational or vocational situations.
  • Counsel students regarding educational issues, such as course and program selection, class scheduling and registration, school adjustment, truancy, study habits, and career planning.

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