Elementary School counselor

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elementary school counselor

1. What is the nature of the job?

Counseling is the application of mental health physichological or human development principles through cognitive affective behavioral or systemic intervention stragities.

2.What do they do?

Duties:Helping students understand and over come social behavioral problems through individual group problems.

Provides individual and small group counseling based on student needs.

Works with students with students to develop skills, such as organization time management and effective study habits.

Helps students set realistic academic and career goals.

Whats their environment like ?

School counselors work in private and public schools They often have private offices so that they can have confidential conversations with students. Career counselors work in colleges, businesses, prisons, and state government career centers.


The median annual wage for school and career counselors was $53,610 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The bottom 10 percent earned less than $31,920, and the top 10 percent earned more than $86,680

Elementary and secondary schools; state, local,


Governmenent 50,710

Junior colleges, colleges, universities, and professional
schools; state, local, and private 46,630

Health care and social assistance 35,590

how do you become one ?


Most states require school counselors to have a master’s degree in school counseling or a related field. Programs in school counseling teach students about fostering academic development; conducting group and individual counseling; and working with parents, teachers, and other school staff. These programs often require students to gain experience through an internship or practicum.

Most employers prefer that career counselors have a master’s degree in counseling with a focus on career development. Career counseling programs prepare students to teach career development techniques and assess clients’ skills and interests. Many programs require students to have a period of supervised experience, such as an internship.

Important qualities

compassion: counselors often work with people whoare deeling with stressful and dificult situations so the must be compassionate and empithize with their clients and students.

interpersonal skills: being able to work with different types of people is essential for counselors. They spend most of their time working directly with clients and students or other professionals and need good working relationships.

Listening skills. Good listening skills are essential for school and career counselors. They need to give their full attention to their students and clients to understand their problems.

Speaking skills. School and career counselors must communicate effectively with clients and students. They should express ideas and information in a way that their clients and students understand easily.

Job out look

Employment of school and career counselors is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. While overall employment growth is expected due to increasing school enrollments, hiring may be limited, due to slow growth—or decline—in education funding from state and local governments.

Rising student enrollments in elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as colleges and universities, are expected to increase demand for school counselors. As enrollments grow, schools will require more counselors to respond to the developmental and academic needs of their students. Colleges will need to hire additional counselors to meet the demand for career counseling services from their students.

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