In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Teaching students academic and social skills.
- Assisting students with career decisions by helping them develop relevant skills, choose a career, or apply to college.
- Working in public or private schools (school counselors); or in colleges, government agencies, career centers, or private practices (career counselors and advisors and academic advisors).
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Typically requires a master’s degree in psychology or counseling, although career and academic advisors may only need a bachelor’s degree.
Certification is not required for career counselors, but could make employers more likely to hire you or offer you a higher salary.
You may be eligible for National Certified Counselor (NCC) certification from the National Board for Certified Counselors.
Licensure is required for school counselors to work in public schools.