School Counselor

Grace Swift


  • Help students create a plan to achieve academic and career goals
  • Help students understand and overcome social or behavioral problems through classroom guidance lessons and counseling
  • Counsel individuals and small groups on the basis of student and school needs

Minimum Education

  • master’s degree in school counseling or a related field
  • Programs in school counseling teach students about fostering academic development
  • Public school counselors must have a state-issued credential to practice


  • Listening skills
  • Speaking skills
  • Interpersonal skills

Median Wages

  • In one year:$53,660
  • The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,280, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $87,640.

Projected job opening

School counselors is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations.