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SCHOOL COUNSELOR: Helping Students With Skill & Career Development

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Helping students with social skill development, career guidance and transitioning through educational phases are the talents of an effective School Counselor.

Degree: Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services
Job Title: School Counselor

Job Summary: Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors

Job Description

School counselors help students develop social skills and succeed in school. Career counselors assist people with the process of making career decisions by helping them choose a career or educational program.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

School counselors must have a state-issued credential to practice. This credential can be called a certification, a license, or an endorsement, depending on the state. Most states require a criminal background check as part of the credentialing process.

Certification Requirement
Required by the American School Counselors Association.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
Confirm
$30,000 - $90,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Empathy
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m='12540'>Typically,</span> <span m='13910'>right</span> <span m='14100'>now</span> <span m='14300'>in</span> <span m='14400'>this</span> <span m='14580'>semester,</span> <span m='15120'>I have</span> <span m='15570'>classes</span> <span m='15730'>one day</span> <span m='15960'>a</span> <span m='16129'>week,</span> <span m='16690'>and</span> <span m='17010'>then the</span> <span m='17250'>rest of my</span> <span m='17690'>week is</span> <span m='18130'>devoted to my</span> <span m='18270'>internship.</span> <span m='19580'>And</span> <span m='20020'>I am in</span> <span m='20480'>an</span> <span m='20890'>elementary</span> <span m='21390'>and</span> <span m='21570'>middle</span> <span m='21800'>school,</span> <span m='22075'>so</span> <span m='22350'>I</span> <span m='22480'>get</span> <span m='22730'>to</span> <span m='23050'>see</span> <span m='23290'>a</span> <span m='23350'>range</span> <span m='23850'>of</span> <span m='23980'>ages</span> <span m='24305'>and a</span> <span m='24630'>range</span> <span m='24960'>of</span> <span m='25457'>populations.</span> <span m='26451'>I</span> <span m='26950'>work</span> <span m='27120'>with kids</span> <span m='27390'>one-on-one.</span> <span m='28570'>I</span> <span m='29040'>get</span> <span m='29190'>to</span> <span m='29290'>work</span> <span m='29500'>with</span> <span m='29660'>kids</span> <span m='30060'>in</span> <span m='30390'>classroom</span> <span m='30850'>guidance</span> <span m='31260'>activities.</span> <span m='32500'>Some</span> <span m='32850'>of</span> <span m='32910'>those</span> <span m='33090'>I</span> <span m='33140'>get</span> <span m='33330'>to</span> <span m='33440'>create</span> <span m='33730'>myself</span> <span m='34120'>and</span> <span m='34510'>talk</span> <span m='34993'>about</span> <span m='35476'>social</span> <span m='35959'>skills,</span> <span m='36442'>career</span> <span m='36925'>guidance</span> <span m='37408'>things,</span> <span m='37891'>a</span> <span m='38374'>wide</span> <span m='39340'>spectrum</span> <span m='39823'>of</span> <span m='40306'>issues</span> <span m='40789'>for</span> <span m='41272'>kids.</span> <span m='41760'>And</span> <span m='41890'>then</span> <span m='42100'>I</span> <span m='42150'>also</span> <span m='42390'>get to do</span> <span m='42580'>some</span> <span m='42670'>small</span> <span m='43180'>groups</span> <span m='43470'>with kids</span> <span m='43930'>about</span> <span m='44460'>maybe</span> <span m='44710'>transitioning</span> <span m='45180'>to</span> <span m='45420'>middle</span> <span m='45650'>school,</span> <span m='46065'>or</span> <span m='46480'>grief</span> <span m='46958'>groups,</span> <span m='47436'>things</span> <span m='47914'>like that.</span> </p><p><span m='50304'>My</span> <span m='50782'>career</span> <span m='50901'>path,</span> <span m='51021'>or</span> <span m='51140'>my</span> <span m='51260'>education</span> <span m='51850'>path</span> <span m='52080'>to</span> <span m='52190'>get</span> <span m='52400'>here,</span> <span m='53230'>I</span> <span m='53640'>have</span> <span m='54160'>a</span> <span m='54270'>degree in</span> <span m='54570'>human development</span> <span m='55220'>and</span> <span m='55370'>family</span> <span m='55510'>studies.</span> <span m='56330'>I</span> <span m='56670'>explored</span> <span m='57010'>elementary</span> <span m='57290'>ed</span> <span m='57410'>for</span> <span m='57730'>a</span> <span m='57780'>little</span> <span m='58050'>while,</span> <span m='58470'>but</span> <span m='58620'>I</span> <span m='58700'>liked</span> <span m='58930'>human</span> <span m='59240'>development</span> <span m='59540'>because</span> <span m='60030'>it</span> <span m='60140'>had</span> <span m='60340'>a</span> <span m='60380'>more</span> <span m='60570'>holistic</span> <span m='61150'>view</span> <span m='61320'>of</span> <span m='61410'>a</span> <span m='61460'>person.</span> <span m='62460'>But</span> <span m='62880'>I</span> <span m='63030'>also</span> <span m='63590'>sort of</span> <span m='64260'>always</span> <span m='64690'>had</span> <span m='64860'>that</span> <span m='64989'>education,</span> <span m='66170'>elementary</span> <span m='66668'>ed</span> <span m='67166'>side to</span> <span m='67664'>me.</span> </p><p><span m='68660'>I</span> <span m='68810'>always</span> <span m='69180'>loved</span> <span m='69370'>working</span> <span m='69690'>with</span> <span m='69810'>kids.</span> <span m='71280'>I was</span> <span m='71410'>a</span> <span m='71730'>tennis</span> <span m='72050'>teacher</span> <span m='72180'>for a</span> <span m='72440'>little</span> <span m='72830'>while. I</span> <span m='73190'>babysat</span> <span m='73820'>for</span> <span m='73990'>a</span> <span m='74090'>long</span> <span m='74528'>time.</span> <span m='76280'>I</span> <span m='76430'>also</span> <span m='76870'>worked</span> <span m='77010'>at a</span> <span m='77070'>children's</span> <span m='77480'>museum</span> <span m='78550'>for</span> <span m='78880'>AmeriCorps.</span> <span m='80030'>For</span> <span m='80180'>my</span> <span m='80350'>year</span> <span m='80630'>between</span> <span m='81550'>graduating</span> <span m='82050'>from</span> <span m='82525'>Penn State</span> <span m='83000'>with my</span> <span m='83285'>bachelor's</span> <span m='83570'>and going</span> <span m='83790'>to</span> <span m='83900'>Wake</span> <span m='84080'>Forest,</span> <span m='84340'>I</span> <span m='84600'>did</span> <span m='84950'>AmeriCorps.</span> <span m='86610'>And so I</span> <span m='87000'>always</span> <span m='87320'>have worked</span> <span m='87730'>with</span> <span m='87890'>kids</span> <span m='88280'>in</span> <span m='88360'>a</span> <span m='88420'>variety</span> <span m='88980'>of</span> <span m='89140'>different</span> <span m='90230'>occupations,</span> <span m='90980'>different</span> <span m='91280'>ways</span> <span m='91530'>of</span> <span m='91590'>working</span> <span m='91880'>with</span> <span m='92080'>kids,</span> <span m='92350'>and</span> <span m='92510'>I've</span> <span m='92690'>always</span> <span m='93090'>known</span> <span m='93507'>that I</span> <span m='93924'>liked it.</span> <span m='94760'>So</span> <span m='94920'>that's</span> <span m='95130'>sort</span> <span m='95270'>of</span> <span m='95370'>what</span> <span m='95550'>motivated</span> <span m='96070'>me</span> <span m='96200'>to</span> <span m='96340'>go</span> <span m='96560'>towards</span> <span m='96990'>school</span> <span m='97420'>counseling.</span> <span m='98190'>It</span> <span m='98370'>sort</span> <span m='98540'>of</span> <span m='98610'>meshes</span> <span m='99170'>the</span> <span m='99670'>holistic</span> <span m='100180'>view</span> <span m='100510'>of the</span> <span m='100850'>person with</span> <span m='101150'>the</span> <span m='101280'>different</span> <span m='101630'>ways</span> <span m='101870'>of</span> <span m='101970'>working</span> <span m='102440'>with kids.</span> </p><p><span m='104252'>Something</span> <span m='104705'>that</span> <span m='105160'>I</span> <span m='105350'>wish</span> <span m='105650'>I</span> <span m='105730'>knew</span> <span m='105960'>when</span> <span m='106100'>I</span> <span m='106170'>started</span> <span m='106470'>this</span> <span m='106770'>job,</span> <span m='107598'>I</span> <span m='108012'>think</span> <span m='108426'>is</span> <span m='108840'>that</span> <span m='108960'>it's</span> <span m='109550'>different</span> <span m='109890'>in</span> <span m='110000'>every</span> <span m='110240'>state.</span> <span m='110715'>So</span> <span m='111190'>depending</span> <span m='111760'>on</span> <span m='111870'>where</span> <span m='112010'>you</span> <span m='112160'>want</span> <span m='112400'>to</span> <span m='112460'>work</span> <span m='113050'>and</span> <span m='113360'>where</span> <span m='113560'>you</span> <span m='114040'>might get</span> <span m='114240'>your</span> <span m='114500'>degree,</span> <span m='114630'>it</span> <span m='114760'>might</span> <span m='114920'>look</span> <span m='115130'>different.</span> <span m='115910'>So</span> <span m='116090'>it's</span> <span m='116210'>important</span> <span m='116630'>to</span> <span m='116770'>know</span> <span m='117080'>the</span> <span m='117200'>different</span> <span m='118260'>licensure,</span> <span m='119230'>certification,</span> <span m='120610'>different</span> <span m='120900'>requirements</span> <span m='121185'>for</span> <span m='121470'>every</span> <span m='121810'>state.</span> <span m='122250'>Or at</span> <span m='122480'>least</span> <span m='122830'>the</span> <span m='123180'>states that</span> <span m='123435'>you're</span> <span m='123690'>interested</span> <span m='123970'>in.</span> <span m='124220'>And</span> <span m='124585'>what</span> <span m='124950'>the</span> <span m='125060'>job</span> <span m='125350'>might</span> <span m='125580'>look like</span> <span m='125880'>there</span> <span m='126800'>as</span> <span m='126980'>compared to what</span> <span m='127140'>you're</span> <span m='127240'>learning</span> <span m='127590'>about.</span> </p><p><span m='128690'>I</span> <span m='128800'>think</span> <span m='129960'>my</span> <span m='130380'>advice,</span> <span m='131110'>or</span> <span m='131580'>my</span> <span m='131670'>suggestion</span> <span m='132680'>would</span> <span m='132840'>be--</span> <span m='133080'>and it's</span> <span m='133310'>something</span> <span m='133680'>that</span> <span m='133790'>I</span> <span m='133860'>have</span> <span m='134060'>to</span> <span m='134210'>remind</span> <span m='134480'>myself</span> <span m='134970'>of still--</span> <span m='136245'>is</span> <span m='136670'>that</span> <span m='137370'>you're</span> <span m='137510'>working</span> <span m='137980'>for</span> <span m='138280'>the</span> <span m='138410'>kids</span> <span m='138870'>and</span> <span m='139080'>you're</span> <span m='139210'>going</span> <span m='140050'>to</span> <span m='140190'>do</span> <span m='140340'>the</span> <span m='140460'>best</span> <span m='140830'>for</span> <span m='140930'>the</span> <span m='141060'>kids.</span> <span m='141910'>And</span> <span m='142030'>if</span> <span m='142140'>you</span> <span m='142220'>keep</span> <span m='142450'>that</span> <span m='142640'>in</span> <span m='142750'>mind,</span> <span m='143050'>that's what</span> <span m='143430'>important.</span> <span m='144160'>I</span> <span m='144230'>think</span> <span m='144520'>it's</span> <span m='144700'>cool to</span> <span m='144980'>be</span> <span m='145120'>in a</span> <span m='145250'>public</span> <span m='145640'>school</span> <span m='145810'>because</span> <span m='145930'>I get</span> <span m='146414'>access</span> <span m='146898'>to</span> <span m='147382'>every</span> <span m='147866'>kid,</span> <span m='148350'>and</span> <span m='148450'>every</span> <span m='148680'>kid has</span> <span m='148940'>access</span> <span m='149430'>to</span> <span m='149530'>me</span> <span m='149770'>if they</span> <span m='150100'>need it.</span> <span m='150750'>And so</span> <span m='151070'>I</span> <span m='151230'>think</span> <span m='151520'>if</span> <span m='151620'>you</span> <span m='151730'>keep</span> <span m='151990'>that</span> <span m='152210'>motivation</span> <span m='152760'>behind</span> <span m='153170'>what</span> <span m='153350'>you're</span> <span m='153470'>doing,</span> <span m='153850'>then</span> <span m='154180'>that</span> <span m='155450'>will</span> <span m='155820'>take</span> <span m='156040'>you</span> <span m='156140'>pretty</span> <span m='156320'>far.</span> <span m='156760'>And</span> <span m='156860'>you'll be</span> <span m='156990'>successful</span> <span m='157640'>as</span> <span m='158160'>a</span> <span m='158240'>school</span> <span m='158470'>counselor</span> <span m='159810'>working</span> <span m='160110'>with</span> <span m='160260'>kids.</span> </p>","file":{"id":167992,"video_id":"2700314122001","name":"121461706","duration":161912,"thumbnail_url":null}});