Guidance Counselor, Secondary School Salary
The average pay for a Guidance Counselor, Secondary School is $52,897 per year.
Job Description for Guidance Counselor, Secondary School
A guidance counselor in a secondary school works with preteen and/or teenage students and gives them emotional support. A secondary school may consist of a middle school or a high school. It is important to enjoy working with other people, since the majority of the job is working with others. The guidance counselor may help students deal with emotional and behavioral problems.Read More...
When working in a high school environment, another focus of the guidance counselor is usually providing information about colleges, so that students can create a plan for after graduation. It is also often necessary to guide students in the application process. The guidance counselor may encourage the student to improve in certain areas, so that acceptance to certain colleges may be possible. Some students may be referred to the guidance counselor because of social or behavioral problems in the classroom, so the counselor should be able to stay calm even when the situation is stressful. The guidance counselor should try to correct emotional and behavioral problems. However, if there is no progress, it may be necessary to work with parents and administration and to refer the student to outside resources, such as a social worker, a psychologist, or a psychiatrist.
Some guidance counselor jobs require a background in psychology, so that objective methods can be applied to help shape the student’s emotional growth and well-being. The guidance counselor may also perform classroom evaluations periodically, in order to determine if there are any students who may benefit from the services of a guidance counselor.
Guidance Counselor, Secondary School Tasks
- Evaluate student abilities, interest and talents to develop academic and career goals.
- Conduct interviews and administer aptitude and interest tests.
- Help students to understand and deal with social, behavioral and personal problems.
- Advise students on college majors, admission requirements, financial aid and technical school options.
- Maintain student records as required by law, district and administrative regulations.
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