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Guidance counselors, often known as school counselors, provide a planned program of guidance services for all students, principally in junior and senior high schools. In addition to helping students plan for college and careers, guidance counselors listen to students' problems, advise students, and help them develop coping skills and learn to become good problem solvers and decision makers on their own.

Although guidance counselors often meet with students individually, they may also work with groups, organizing several students for special meetings to address a problem or issue that the students have in common. There are approximately 253,460 educational, vocational, and school counselors employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

Master's Degree

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Helpful

Problem-Solving

Social

Career Ladder
Guidance Director for Entire School District or City

Guidance Director

Experienced Guidance Counselor

Entry-Level Guidance Counselor