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Career Counselor

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Career Counselor works with adults of all ages to plan career choices and access the education and training needed to support a career. Gives skills assessment and aptitude tests to clients. Provides job search assistance or training for general workplace skills. Provides referrals for workplace literacy, academic or job training programs, or direct job referrals.

Job Outlook

There were 1287 Career Counselor job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 40471 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Career 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 $54,887.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $49,946.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Career Counselor postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $39,693.

Education and Experience

Posted Career 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 Degree14.65%
Bachelor's Degree47.28%
Master's Degree17.31%
Doctoral Degree2.26%
Other26.9%

Posted Career 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 years61.88%
3 to 5 years32.82%
6 to 8 years3.57%
9+ years1.74%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Career 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 (37.97%)
  • Management (18.24%)
  • Planning (18.15%)
  • Writing (17.41%)
  • Customer Service (17.15%)
  • Coaching (16.3%)
  • Leadership (13.82%)
  • Microsoft Office (12.34%)
  • Presentations (11.99%)
  • Problem Solving (11.52%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Career Counseling (16.4%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Case Management (25.11%)
  • Social Work (22.15%)
  • Marketing (17.04%)
  • Human Services (17.76%)
  • Career Management (13.04%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Job Search Strategies (8.65%)
  • Labor Market Trends (2.11%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Job Coach
  • Career Coach
  • Career Advisor
  • Job Developer
  • Career Navigator
  • Career Specialist
  • Employment Specialist
  • Planner
  • Career Transition Specialist

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 Career Counselor jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Goodwill (1065)
  • TJX (465)
  • University of California (254)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (253)
  • Equus Workforce Solutions (250)
  • Management & Training Corporation (199)
  • Eckerd Connects (199)
  • Educational Data Systems (175)
  • National Security Agency (162)
  • Citizens Bank (160)

North Carolina

  • State of North Carolina (62)
  • Bojangles (39)
  • Equus Workforce Solutions (23)
  • Brunswick Community College (21)
  • Appalachian State University (21)
  • Lifespan Services (20)
  • University of North Carolina (18)
  • Easterseals/Ucp (18)
  • Goodwill (17)
  • TJX (17)

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!