|Quick Facts: School and Career Counselors and Advisors|
$60,510 per year
$29.09 per hour
|11% (Faster than average)|
School counselors help students develop academic and social skills. Career counselors and advisors help people choose a path to employment.
School counselors work in public and private schools. Career counselors and advisors are employed primarily in colleges and universities but also work in career centers and private practice. Both types of counselors usually work full time.
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 and advisors.
The median annual wage for school and career counselors and advisors was $60,510 in May 2021.
Employment of school and career counselors and advisors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.
About 35,000 openings for school and career counselors and advisors are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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