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Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors

Advise and assist students and provide educational and vocational guidance services.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Provide crisis intervention to students when difficult situations occur at schools.
    • Confer with parents or guardians, teachers, administrators, and other professionals to discuss children's progress, resolve behavioral, academic, and other problems, and to determine priorities for students and their resource needs.
    • Identify cases of domestic abuse or other family problems and encourage students or parents to seek additional assistance from mental health professionals.
    • Counsel individuals to help them understand and overcome personal, social, or behavioral problems affecting their educational or vocational situations.
    • Counsel students regarding educational issues, such as course and program selection, class scheduling and registration, school adjustment, truancy, study habits, and career planning.
    • Review transcripts to ensure that students meet graduation or college entrance requirements and write letters of recommendation.
    • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
    • Provide students with information on topics, such as college degree programs and admission requirements, financial aid opportunities, trade and technical schools, and apprenticeship programs.
    • Prepare students for later educational experiences by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
    • Teach classes and present self-help or information sessions on subjects related to education and career planning.
    • Provide special services such as alcohol and drug prevention programs and classes that teach students to handle conflicts without resorting to violence.
    • Refer students to degree programs based on interests, aptitudes, or educational assessments.
    • Conduct follow-up interviews with counselees to determine if their needs have been met.
    • Instruct individuals in career development techniques, such as job search and application strategies, resume writing, and interview skills.
    • Plan and promote career and employment-related programs and events, such as career planning presentations, work experience programs, job fairs, and career workshops.
    • Plan and conduct orientation programs and group conferences to promote the adjustment of individuals to new life experiences, such as starting college.
    • Evaluate students' or individuals' abilities, interests, and personality characteristics, using tests, records, interviews, or professional sources.
    • Assess needs for assistance, such as rehabilitation, financial aid, or additional vocational training, and refer clients to the appropriate services.
    • Collaborate with teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of school programs and in the preparation of master schedules for curriculum offerings.
    • Establish and enforce administration policies and rules governing student behavior.
    • Address community groups, faculty, and staff members to explain available counseling services.
    • Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
    • Attend meetings, educational conferences, and training workshops and serve on committees.
    • Establish and supervise peer counseling and peer tutoring programs.
    • Provide information for teachers and staff members involved in helping students or graduates identify and pursue employment opportunities.
    • Plan, direct, and participate in recruitment and enrollment activities.
    • Establish contacts with employers to create internship and employment opportunities for students.
    • Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
    • Supervise, train, and direct professional staff and interns.
    • Refer qualified counselees to employers or employment services for job placement.
    • Interview clients to obtain information about employment history, educational background, and career goals, and to identify barriers to employment.
    • Sponsor extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge

    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 54030/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 25.98/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 10,720
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,180

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Concern for Others
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Social Orientation

    Tools

    • Liquid crystal display projector
    • Digital voice recorders
    • Digital video disk players or recorders
    • Digital camcorders or video cameras
    • Desktop computers

    Technology

    • Web page creation and editing software
    • Project management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer based training software
    • Analytical or scientific software

    Tags

    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.

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