What does a School Counselor do?

School counselors work in all levels of the school system to support the social, emotional and academic well-being of students. As a school counselor, you will collaborate with school and school district staff to help students succeed in all aspects of their lives. This can be helping students through social and emotional challenges or liaising with other agencies and organizations outside the school. You may also help students with course planning and applying for post-secondary education.

A master's degree is necessary for those wanting to work as a school counselor. This is generally required to be in counseling, but may also be in social work. You must also be sensitive to others' needs, have strong organizational and interpersonal skills and be able to recognize when and what type of intervention is needed.

  • respond effectively to crises affecting students and faculty
  • provide mental health and behavioral counseling to students
  • recognize and appropriately take care of individual students' socio-emotional challenges
  • submit referrals to outside agencies as necessary for students' well-being
  • coordinate and facilitate groups for students, such as for improving social skills or addressing behavioral challenges
  • complete regular reports for services provided, such as session notes and incident reports
  • collaborate with teaching staff to determine how best to meet individual students' needs
  • work with school faculty and staff to develop plans for maintaining the well-being of individual students and of the student population as a whole
  • master's degree in counseling
  • knowledge of multiple counseling approaches
  • proficiency in the use of word processing and spreadsheet applications
  • familiarity with online learning platforms
  • 3+ years of experience working as a counselor with youth
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • empathy and sensitivity to others' needs
  • strong interpersonal skills
  • creativity, enthusiasm, and dedication
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

School Counselor Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹29,440 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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₹19T
Median: ₹29T
₹57T
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School Counselor Career Path

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SMA HealthcareSMA Healthcare
Youth Specialist
13 Sep 2020

“It felt really impactful and I appreciated the training we were given and the policies in place to outline good boundaries.”

Penn StatePenn State
Student Consultant
9 Jul 2021

“Everyone I worked with was super nice and helpful”

The Arbutus ClubThe Arbutus Club
Youth Leader
2 Oct 2021

“The other staff does not treat you well and this is primarily based on your experience working in this position.”

PearsonPearson
Student Support Advisor
9 Jul 2019

“Minimal opportunities for career progression and development”

Westlake High School
Professional School Counselor
18 May 2021

“I was very close to home and my school age child.”

Family & Children's ServicesFamily & Children's Services
School-based Therapist
31 Jul 2021

“Overall job training was insufficient.”

The Care Courses SchoolThe Care Courses School
Student Advisor
8 Dec 2019

“Busy season was a little too much work and there was not enough support.”

Full MeasureFull Measure
Student Success Counselor
29 Mar 2021

“Good people and able to set our own schedule.”

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