A career counselor helps people figure out what type of professional career path they should take. The goal of any type of licensed counselor is to help and inspire people to feel good about their choices. A career counselor may work in a wide variety of places ranging from a college or universitys career development center to a governmental unemployment office.
Regardless their job is to help support and guide their clients in determining what type of job to seek and how to go about applying for positions. Some career counselors who are sometimes called vocational counselors or employment counselors may look closely at their clients professional experiences and education and help them learn to seek employment that will fit their background and skill set.
Due to high unemployment levels in the United States career counselors are trained to deal with individuals who have recently lost their jobs or with people who are under stress because of a lack of income. The educational requirement for a career counselor position depends on the exact job level. Most positions require a masters degree but some lower level jobs require only a bachelors degree with a major in counseling or psychology.
Additionally some states require that counselors hold a license. A license can be obtained by passing a licensing exam. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics the average salary for a career salary is approximately $50000 per year.