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Academic / Guidance Counselor

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Academic or Guidance Counselor provides guidance to students in elementary, middle and high schools to help them succeed academically and socially. Works with school teachers and administrators to address problems that affect student performance, and identifies resources for students and families. Helps high school students to plan academic course work and advises on the college search and application process.

Job Outlook

There were 2077 Academic / Guidance Counselor job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 65164 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Academic / Guidance Counselor industry, which includes the Academic / Guidance Counselor career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Academic / Guidance Counselor jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $61,713.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $56,508.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Academic / Guidance Counselor postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $48,726.

Education and Experience

Posted Academic / Guidance Counselor jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree10.98%
Bachelor's Degree44.19%
Master's Degree38.58%
Doctoral Degree6.5%
Other17.28%

Posted Academic / Guidance Counselor jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years55.94%
3 to 5 years37.96%
6 to 8 years3.79%
9+ years2.31%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Academic / Guidance Counselor positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (38.38%)
  • Planning (24.12%)
  • Advising (20.58%)
  • Leadership (19.26%)
  • Writing (17.32%)
  • Teaching (15.98%)
  • Management (15.09%)
  • Interpersonal Communications (14.53%)
  • Coordinating (13.21%)
  • Research (12.6%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • School Counseling (38.32%)
  • Academic Advising (32.31%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Student Services (38.04%)
  • Social Work (16.27%)
  • Psychology (15.52%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Student Development (8.94%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Academic / Guidance Counselor skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • School Counselor
  • Academic Advisor
  • Academic Mentor
  • High School Counselor
  • Assessment Coordinator
  • Elementary School Counselor
  • Counselor
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Middle School Counselor
  • Academic Counselor

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Academic / Guidance Counselor jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • City Year (1309)
  • Westat (659)
  • University of California (586)
  • California State University (548)
  • The University of Texas System (340)
  • The College Board (287)
  • Disability Solutions (248)
  • Corewell Health (242)
  • YMCA (229)
  • Arizona State University (223)

North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina (112)
  • North Carolina State University (70)
  • YMCA (51)
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (43)
  • Union County Public Schools (34)
  • Cumberland County Schools (33)
  • Cabarrus County Schools (30)
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (29)
  • East Carolina University (28)
  • Elon University (26)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!