Career and Employment Counselors and Technicians

Career and employment counselors and technicians, who are also known as vocational counselors, provide advice to individuals or groups about occupations, careers, career decision making, career planning, and other career development-related questions or conflicts. Career guidance technicians collect pertinent information to support both the counselor and applicant during the job search.

Quick Facts
Duties Career counselors help people to make decisions about their careers. Vocational-rehabilitation counselors help disabled individuals assess the skills they can offer an employer. College career planning and college placement counselors help students specializing in fields like law and education to find internships, summer work, and field placements. In a liberal arts college, counselors may administer aptitude tests and interview students to help them clarify their career goals. The career guidance technician is responsible for ordering, cataloging, and making available materials relating to student interests and abilities. Technicians may also operate and be responsible for audiovisual equipment. They may also help students take and score tests that measure their interests and aptitudes.
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
Experience Postgraduate supervised school counseling
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Social
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements State-issued credentials; pass a criminal background check; 2,000 to 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor of Employment Counselors
  • Employment Counselor
  • Employment Counselor Trainee