Guidance Counselor

School and guidance counselors also known as student counselors are educators that usually work in elementary middle or high schools but can also employed by community colleges or do freelance work. Those who work in elementary schools often deal with problem students who have physical handicaps or who present behavior issues in the classroom. In high schools school and guidance counselors help students make educational career and personal decisions. They help students choose courses that will prepare them for subsequent careers. For example students that want to learn a trade may need certain technical classes to qualify. Those who plan to attend college may need to take certain core courses and counselors can also advise them on how to prepare for entry exams and also help them determine what kinds of extracurricular activities might be helpful on their applications. In addition counselors often have access to college catalogues as well as scholarship information. With regard to education school and guidance counselors need a college degree plus additional training. According to the website httpeducation-portal.com high school counselors must be licensed in almost all states and such licensing can only be obtained after they complete some graduate level course work but in most cases by earning a master’s degree in counseling. According to the website www.buzzle.com the median annual salary for those who work for schools is approximately $51000. Those working on a freelance basis are paid by the hour so their income depends on the number of hours worked. However their median income is often higher than that of those employed full-time by public schools.

Education Required: Master's Degree
Avg Salary: $51000
High Salary: $61000
Low Salary: $41000
Tasks: Helps students make academic and personal decisions.
Meets with students individually and in group sessions.
Evaluates students' abilities and interests.
Advises students on educational issues
Also Called: Career Guidance Counselor
Student Counselor
Student Advisor
School Psychologist
Additional Resources: http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/734/School-Counselor.html
http://education-portal.com/articles/High_School_Guidance_Counselor%3A_Job_Outlook_and_Career_Profile.html
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/guidance-counselor-job-description.html