School Counseling

School counselors are trained to provide character education, violence prevention and career planning to students in a public or private school setting.

A master’s degree in school counseling is required in most states in order to hold the position. Master degree programs provide the training school counselors will need to perform their jobs, including how to counsel students, foster academic development and addressing concerns with parents and school staff.

Following completion of a degree program, school counselor candidates are required to apply for a state-issued license to practice. The American School Counselors Association website provides a comprehensive listing of requirements per state.

Demand for school counselors is expected to increase by 19 percent over the next decade, according to data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average annual salary for school counselors is $53,380.

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