6 Step Process for Career FIT

Career Readiness

School and Career Counselors
What School and Career Counselors Do

School counselors help students develop the academic and social skills needed to succeed in school. Career counselors help people choose careers and follow a path to employment.

Work Environment

School counselors work in public and private schools. Career counselors work in colleges, career centers, and private practices. Both types of counselors generally work full time.

How to Become a School or Career Counselor

Most school counselors need a master’s degree in school counseling or a related field and have a state-issued credential. Some states require licensure for career counselors. 


The median annual wage for school and career counselors was $55,410 in May 2017.

Job Outlook 
Employment of school and career counselors is projected to grow 13 percent by 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Increasing school enrollments is expected to lead to employment growth of these workers.

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