Career Services Advisor Salary
Career Services Advisors in the United States pull down an average of $42K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Career Services Advisors making up 73 percent. Most Career Services Advisors like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Job Description for Career Services Advisor
Career services advisors coach and advise groups and individuals on how to obtain a job. They may work in colleges and universities, as well as community centers, libraries, and charities. In academic settings, they help students with their search for a post-graduation job; additionally, they work to ensure that students are ready to compete in the current job market. Depending on the size of the school, these advisors may manage students from one particular degree program or from many different ones.Read More...
Career services advisors may provide counseling to individuals or groups to prepare them for a career. They hold seminars and mock interview sessions, as well as stay in communication with relevant industry hiring managers to provide current information to clients/students. In higher education settings, they may also create professional development opportunities for students, as well as manage and distribute references on their behalf.
Career services advisors generally work full time during regular business hours. However, they may host and/or staff events such as career fairs on weekends and evenings when hiring managers are available. Additionally, they may make appointments outside of normal business hours to be available to assist with resumé preparation.
Most institutions require at least a bachelor’s degree for career service advisor positions. A master's degree is typically preferred. Career services advisors may also choose to become licensed vocational counselors. Advisors should have broad experience and knowledge of multiple industries, as well as maintain a large network of relationships across many industries to be of the most use to individuals in need of their assistance.
Career Services Advisor Tasks
- Assist in resume and application preparation and submission.
- Work with employers to create networks for internships, job shadowing and employment.
- Create a schedule of events to connect students to job opportunities and to develop skills.
- Work with individuals and groups to identify skills and improve hiring potential.
- Maintain print and web resources for students and employers.
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Pay by Experience Level for Career Services Advisor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Career Services Advisors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $40K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $47K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $57K.