What does a Career Counselor do?

Career counselors help people and work with them while they make career choices. Their clients often come to them for advice and assistance at the start of a career or during a transition to a different career entirely. Some clients seek out a career counselor’s services and assistance following a major career obstacle including a layoff or if they voluntarily depart from a long-time position of employment.

Career counselors advise their clients through their job seeking phase and help them discover how to best position themselves for possible employment opportunities. They help clients understand their skill sets and explore different related career options. Career counselors also suggest potential educational opportunities that could help lead their clients to qualify for a better-paying career or higher position of employment. They also help college and university students to choose a major or determine which jobs their future degrees might qualify them for. They teach clients how to prepare and polish documents including a resume, cover letters, or a curriculum vitae, and instruct and support clients with the interview tips and techniques they need to go out into the job market and succeed. Career counselors have a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, social science, or the human services field and a master’s degree in counseling. They complete graduate and post graduate internships or work experiences to meet requirements for certification or licensing, and have passed the required exams to receive their certificate or license to practice.

What responsibilities are common for Career Counselor jobs?
  • Facilitate and conduct classroom and virtual training to program participants.
  • Track all appointments to include purpose, outcomes, and follow-up needs.
  • Facilitate and conduct classroom and virtual training to program participants.
  • Act as a liaison between internal clients and community agencies.
  • Coach associates on the activities that will lead them to meet their goals
  • Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality, seamless customer service.
What are the typical qualifications for Career Counselor jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business or computer science.
  • Exhibit strong leadership and decision making skills.
  • Able to use a video camera to help students with mock interviews.
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Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Career Counselor Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹23,323 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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₹14T
Median: ₹23T
₹41T
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Career Counselor Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
33%
2 - 4
38%
5 - 7
5%
8+
24%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Career Counselor Insights

Read what Career Counselor professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
LeaderQuestLeaderQuest
Career Advisor
5 Feb 2020

“If you are willing to actually work and do your job you will make great money it this role.”

ShineShine
Career Counselor
11 Apr 2020

“3. You dont get leaves and even you have to sacrifice your sundays and national holidays.”

Education Development TrustEducation Development Trust
Trainee Careers Adviser
20 Jul 2020

“Able to work from home/go home early when you're finished which is a massive plus”

Lee Hecht HarrisonLee Hecht Harrison
Career Consultant
11 Mar 2022

“It was a great opportunity to build my skills before going solo with my own business.”

NOVA Workforce DevelopmentNOVA Workforce Development
Career Advisor
6 Nov 2020

“1 career advising is helpful and well”

Jellyfish HRJellyfish HR
Career Advisor
4 May 2020

“Not really challenging and not many opportunities for career development”

Learning PeopleLearning People
Career Consultant
9 Jun 2020

“I really enjoy targets and challenges but I know some people struggle working like this.”

Pima Medical InstitutePima Medical Institute
Career Services Advisor
24 Jan 2021

“Working with students is my passion and PMI gives me the best opportunities to do it.”

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