What does a Career Counselor do?

Career counselors help people and work with them while they make career choices. Their clients often come to them for advice and assistance at the start of a career or during a transition to a different career entirely. Some clients seek out a career counselor’s services and assistance following a major career obstacle including a layoff or if they voluntarily depart from a long-time position of employment.

Career counselors advise their clients through their job seeking phase and help them discover how to best position themselves for possible employment opportunities. They help clients understand their skill sets and explore different related career options. Career counselors also suggest potential educational opportunities that could help lead their clients to qualify for a better-paying career or higher position of employment. They also help college and university students to choose a major or determine which jobs their future degrees might qualify them for. They teach clients how to prepare and polish documents including a resume, cover letters, or a curriculum vitae, and instruct and support clients with the interview tips and techniques they need to go out into the job market and succeed. Career counselors have a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, social science, or the human services field and a master’s degree in counseling. They complete graduate and post graduate internships or work experiences to meet requirements for certification or licensing, and have passed the required exams to receive their certificate or license to practice.

What responsibilities are common for Career Counselor jobs?
  • Facilitate and conduct classroom and virtual training to program participants.
  • Track all appointments to include purpose, outcomes, and follow-up needs.
  • Facilitate and conduct classroom and virtual training to program participants.
  • Act as a liaison between internal clients and community agencies.
  • Coach associates on the activities that will lead them to meet their goals
  • Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality, seamless customer service.
What are the typical qualifications for Career Counselor jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business or computer science.
  • Exhibit strong leadership and decision making skills.
  • Able to use a video camera to help students with mock interviews.
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Career Counselor make?

$56,549 /yr
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Career Counselor Career Path

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Career Counselor

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Career Counselor Insights

Read what Career Counselor professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Career Services Advisor
Nov 14, 2022

“When I started 2 years ago it was great and I really loved the people I worked with.”

Work Opportunities UnlimitedWork Opportunities Unlimited
Career Resource Specialist
Oct 20, 2022

“Work Opportunities Unlimited allows for an excellent experience for anyone seeking work and home life balance.”

Career Consultant
Mar 11, 2022

“It was a great opportunity to build my skills before going solo with my own business.”

Career Counselor
Jun 29, 2022

“Advice for people seeking a career in human services: This isn’t an occupation that offers high salaries.”

Work Opportunities UnlimitedWork Opportunities Unlimited
Career Resource Specialist
Oct 20, 2022

“Working for Work Opportunities Unlimited is truly rewarding and fulfilling and is more than just a job it is a career.”

Truman State UniversityTruman State University
Career Center Advisor
Sep 24, 2022

“Great career development opportunities and grow and learn”

Brigham Young University (BYU)Brigham Young University (BYU)
Career Mentor
Sep 30, 2021

“I have worked here for 3 years and it's the best thing I have done for myself in college.”

PA CareerLinkPA CareerLink
Career Advisor
Apr 16, 2023

“Everyday is a new crisis that isn’t really a crisis and you end up just wasting your time.”

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