The work environment for these counselors is usually an office or classroom in a
school. They typically work throughout the school year and have vacations coinciding
with the school vacation schedules. Their hours are normally the same as teachers,
but they may be required to travel frequently in order to attend conferences.
Employment Outlook and Opportunities
This occupation is found primarily in elementary schools, secondary schools, and
colleges and universities.
This occupation is expected to grow by 13% by 2016 as student enrollments increase
and more States require the employment of counselors at elementary schools. Also,
school counselors may become increasingly needed as their responsibilities expand.
How Much Does an Educational, Vocational, and School Counselor make - Educational,
Vocational, and School Counselor Salaries and Wages
The base salary range for educational, vocational, and school counselors is from
$37,119 to $63,744. The average hourly wage for this job, according to 2007 national
averages, is $23.77. There are little or no bonuses on average in this occupation.
The benefits for the average educational, vocational, and school counselor are as
follows: base salary is $49,648 (70.7%), bonus is $0 (0.0%), Social Security is
$3,798 (5.4%), 401k/403b is $1,787 (2.5%), Disability is $496 (0.7%), healthcare
is $5,722 (8.1%), pension is $2,284 (3.3%), and time off is $6,492 (9.2%).
How to Become an Educational, Vocational, and School Counselor
Education for Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
Many states require school counselors to be certified by the State and complete
some graduate course work (i.e. completion of a Master's degree). Some states require
counselors to be licensed and maintain continuing education credits. Other states
require school counselors to have both counseling and teaching certificates with
If someone is interested in becoming an educational, vocational, and school counselor,
they must have a strong desire to help others and should inspire respect, trust,
and confidence. They must be able to work independently or in a team. They must
have physical and emotional energy to handle various problems that they may encounter
and be able to deal with stress.
To advance in this career, school counselors can become directors or supervisors
of counseling, guidance, or pupil personnel services. With continued graduate education,
school counselors may have the opportunity to advance to become counselor educators,
counseling psychologists, or school administrators. Advancement may also be possible
through work in the State's department of education.
Educational, Vocational, and School Counselor Resources
National Board for Certified Counselors
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related