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COUNSELOR: Wants To Work With Kids In Schools

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A career as a Counselor can range from helping others with a variety of behavioral problems and ages.

Degree: Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions - Counseling and Guidance
Job Title: 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
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$30,000 - $90,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Empathy, People skills, Verbal communication skills, Patience, Problem solving skills, Written communication skills

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m='16129'>I</span> <span m='16239'>knew</span> <span m='16440'>I</span> <span m='16560'>had</span> <span m='16790'>some</span> <span m='16960'>maturing</span> <span m='17420'>to</span> <span m='17520'>do</span> <span m='17800'>and some</span> <span m='17950'>growing</span> <span m='18320'>up</span> <span m='18510'>to do.</span> </p><p><span m='18900'>So</span> <span m='20780'>after</span> <span m='21180'>undergrad,</span> <span m='21740'>which</span> <span m='21980'>took me</span> <span m='22260'>six</span> <span m='22540'>years,</span> <span m='24140'>I</span> <span m='24730'>traveled</span> <span m='25110'>to</span> <span m='25190'>places,</span> <span m='25750'>I've met</span> <span m='26130'>people.</span> <span m='26445'>I'm a</span> <span m='26760'>wanderer.</span> <span m='27720'>I</span> <span m='27820'>have to be</span> <span m='28110'>stimulated.</span> <span m='28850'>So</span> <span m='29110'>I</span> <span m='29530'>followed</span> <span m='29970'>my</span> <span m='30150'>intuition.</span> <span m='30625'>That's the</span> <span m='31100'>one thing I</span> <span m='31260'>know how to</span> <span m='31650'>do</span> <span m='31900'>best.</span> </p><p><span m='32920'>I went to</span> <span m='33357'>Hong Kong</span> <span m='33794'>and Quebec</span> <span m='34231'>and did</span> <span m='34668'>all kinds of</span> <span m='35105'>things.</span> <span m='35980'>And</span> <span m='36680'>I</span> <span m='37330'>don't regret it</span> <span m='37940'>for a</span> <span m='38100'>second.</span> <span m='38320'>I'm</span> <span m='38570'>so</span> <span m='38790'>glad I</span> <span m='39050'>did.</span> <span m='39390'>So I</span> <span m='39690'>took</span> <span m='39870'>my</span> <span m='39990'>gap</span> <span m='40270'>years,</span> <span m='40590'>about three of</span> <span m='40910'>them.</span> <span m='42050'>And</span> <span m='43470'>I'm</span> <span m='43820'>now</span> <span m='44090'>in</span> <span m='44200'>a</span> <span m='44240'>better</span> <span m='44550'>place</span> <span m='45260'>where</span> <span m='45680'>I'm</span> <span m='45790'>doing</span> <span m='45970'>really</span> <span m='46230'>well</span> <span m='46480'>in my</span> <span m='46780'>program,</span> <span m='47290'>and</span> <span m='47500'>I</span> <span m='47560'>got</span> <span m='47770'>chosen</span> <span m='48025'>as the</span> <span m='48570'>assistant</span> <span m='48960'>for</span> <span m='49060'>this</span> <span m='49250'>program,</span> <span m='49730'>got sent</span> <span m='49870'>to</span> <span m='50100'>this</span> <span m='50320'>conference</span> <span m='50770'>because of it,</span> <span m='51750'>because</span> <span m='52190'>I</span> <span m='52310'>took that</span> <span m='52680'>time</span> <span m='52990'>to</span> <span m='53050'>find</span> <span m='53360'>out</span> <span m='53460'>who</span> <span m='53590'>I</span> <span m='53700'>was</span> <span m='53970'>and</span> <span m='54240'>develop</span> <span m='54500'>myself</span> <span m='54930'>in</span> <span m='55020'>that</span> <span m='55180'>way,</span> <span m='55490'>and</span> <span m='56675'>followed</span> <span m='57070'>my nose,</span> <span m='57400'>as</span> <span m='57730'>it</span> <span m='58060'>were.</span> </p><p><span m='58950'>So</span> <span m='59924'>I</span> <span m='60378'>want to work</span> <span m='60832'>with kids.</span> <span m='61286'>I've known that</span> <span m='61740'>for a while.</span> <span m='62945'>And</span> <span m='63240'>the</span> <span m='63300'>great</span> <span m='63580'>thing</span> <span m='63740'>about</span> <span m='64220'>this</span> <span m='64390'>particular</span> <span m='64780'>profession</span> <span m='65190'>is that</span> <span m='65600'>you</span> <span m='65900'>can</span> <span m='66080'>do--</span> <span m='67100'>well</span> <span m='67310'>one,</span> <span m='68000'>if</span> <span m='68150'>you</span> <span m='68260'>want</span> <span m='68380'>to</span> <span m='68420'>be</span> <span m='68620'>addictions</span> <span m='69070'>counselor,</span> <span m='69380'>there's</span> <span m='69690'>always a</span> <span m='69930'>job</span> <span m='70300'>for you.</span> <span m='70778'>Always.</span> <span m='71734'>I didn't want to</span> <span m='72212'>do that,</span> <span m='72690'>but</span> <span m='73650'>I</span> <span m='73790'>finally</span> <span m='74510'>decided</span> <span m='75010'>I wanted to</span> <span m='75580'>work</span> <span m='75920'>in the</span> <span m='76230'>schools</span> <span m='76800'>because,</span> <span m='77620'>like</span> <span m='77820'>I</span> <span m='77860'>said,</span> <span m='78130'>I</span> <span m='78220'>need</span> <span m='78610'>to be</span> <span m='78760'>stimulated.</span> <span m='78880'>I like</span> <span m='79350'>bright</span> <span m='79640'>colors,</span> <span m='80030'>I like</span> <span m='80290'>arts</span> <span m='80470'>and</span> <span m='80550'>crafts,</span> <span m='80990'>I'm a</span> <span m='81130'>funny</span> <span m='81360'>kind</span> <span m='81540'>of</span> <span m='81580'>girl.</span> </p><p><span m='83270'>And</span> <span m='84140'>so</span> <span m='84320'>you</span> <span m='84740'>could have</span> <span m='84880'>gone in</span> <span m='84940'>either</span> <span m='85280'>direction</span> <span m='85570'>with</span> <span m='85860'>counseling.</span> <span m='86250'>I</span> <span m='86380'>could've</span> <span m='87180'>sat</span> <span m='87630'>in</span> <span m='88260'>a</span> <span m='88360'>private</span> <span m='88750'>practice</span> <span m='89030'>office</span> <span m='89310'>all</span> <span m='89720'>day</span> <span m='90045'>in</span> <span m='90370'>one</span> <span m='90710'>chair</span> <span m='91130'>across from</span> <span m='91595'>one person</span> <span m='92060'>and then</span> <span m='92525'>call in the</span> <span m='92990'>next person.</span> <span m='93920'>I didn't want to</span> <span m='94385'>do that.</span> <span m='95780'>So</span> <span m='96970'>the</span> <span m='97090'>range</span> <span m='97570'>of things that</span> <span m='98070'>you can do</span> <span m='98570'>in</span> <span m='98950'>this field</span> <span m='99368'>is</span> <span m='99786'>great.</span> </p><p><span m='101040'>One</span> <span m='101220'>of</span> <span m='101300'>the</span> <span m='101390'>things</span> <span m='101710'>that</span> <span m='101840'>I</span> <span m='101900'>wish</span> <span m='102260'>I</span> <span m='102310'>knew--</span> <span m='104370'>well,</span> <span m='105600'>they</span> <span m='105790'>like</span> <span m='106040'>social</span> <span m='106390'>workers.</span> <span m='106900'>In</span> <span m='107020'>the</span> <span m='107090'>field,</span> <span m='107500'>they</span> <span m='107600'>tend</span> <span m='107820'>to</span> <span m='107860'>hire</span> <span m='108060'>them</span> <span m='108390'>perhaps</span> <span m='108830'>a</span> <span m='108890'>bit</span> <span m='109070'>more,</span> <span m='109510'>but I'm</span> <span m='109926'>still glad I went</span> <span m='110342'>the path that I</span> <span m='110758'>did</span> <span m='111174'>because</span> <span m='112680'>I</span> <span m='112830'>wanted</span> <span m='113140'>my</span> <span m='113280'>focus</span> <span m='113680'>to</span> <span m='113870'>be on</span> <span m='114290'>the individual</span> <span m='114710'>and</span> <span m='115156'>really</span> <span m='115602'>hone in</span> <span m='116048'>the counseling</span> <span m='116494'>skills</span> <span m='116940'>of that</span> <span m='117386'>one-on-one.</span> <span m='118278'>And</span> <span m='118730'>I'll</span> <span m='118860'>learn</span> <span m='119110'>the</span> <span m='119190'>systemic</span> <span m='119690'>stuff</span> <span m='120190'>when I get out</span> <span m='120450'>there,</span> <span m='120710'>which</span> <span m='120890'>is</span> <span m='120990'>more</span> <span m='121190'>social</span> <span m='121640'>working.</span> </p><p><span m='122820'>And</span> <span m='123200'>another</span> <span m='123530'>thing,</span> <span m='123910'>if</span> <span m='124020'>you</span> <span m='124140'>want</span> <span m='124260'>to</span> <span m='124300'>be</span> <span m='124440'>in</span> <span m='124600'>the</span> <span m='124900'>counseling</span> <span m='125210'>or</span> <span m='125540'>psychology</span> <span m='125815'>profession,</span> <span m='126930'>the</span> <span m='127310'>big</span> <span m='127500'>thing</span> <span m='127760'>now</span> <span m='128050'>is</span> <span m='128440'>going</span> <span m='128699'>to</span> <span m='128940'>a</span> <span m='129330'>CACREP</span> <span m='129820'>accredited</span> <span m='130240'>school.</span> <span m='131770'>10</span> <span m='131980'>years</span> <span m='132220'>down</span> <span m='132450'>the</span> <span m='132510'>line,</span> <span m='133470'>you're</span> <span m='133830'>probably</span> <span m='134070'>going</span> <span m='134190'>to</span> <span m='134240'>be</span> <span m='134460'>in a</span> <span m='134520'>better</span> <span m='134790'>place</span> <span m='135370'>because of</span> <span m='135834'>it.</span> <span m='137690'>And</span> <span m='138070'>go to</span> <span m='138230'>your</span> <span m='138450'>state's</span> <span m='138810'>website,</span> <span m='139600'>learn</span> <span m='139700'>the</span> <span m='139790'>laws.</span> <span m='140260'>Learn the</span> <span m='140555'>licensing.</span> <span m='140850'>Know</span> <span m='141145'>your</span> <span m='141440'>stuff.</span> </p>","file":{"id":167997,"video_id":"2708146860001","name":"121458664","duration":142755,"thumbnail_url":null}});