School counselors work at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels of both private and public schools, as well as the collegiate level, and they are generally responsible for ensuring that students are well-supported in their emotional and educational development; they also counsel students who may be experiencing difficulty in their personal or educational lives. In some instances, these counselors also work in group settings to help improve behavioral issues and develop academic plans which help lay down blueprints for the future.
It's important to note, however, that a school counselor's responsibilities can change depending on the educational level at which they choose to work. Strong communication skills are very important for aspiring school counselors, as communication is a major part of this position.
A master's degree in the field of education is generally required for this position, as well as certification and licensing in state in which they work. Some candidates may need to pass a criminal background check at both the local and federal levels.
Educational, Vocational, or School Counselor Tasks
- Maintain student records as required by law, district and administrative regulations
- Evaluate student abilities, interest and talents to develop academic and career goals
- Conduct interviews and administer aptitude and interest tests
- Advise students on college majors, admission requirements, financial aid and technical school options
- Help students to understand and deal with social, behavioral and personal problems