Jobs for school and career counselors are expected to grow by at least 19 percent in the next decade, based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Handbook. The BLS explains that the number of school-age children is on the rise and so is the demand for professional counselors who help children plan and prepare for college or careers after high school.
Another job growth area cited by BLS is vocational rehabilitation services. This career field is estimated to grow by 30 percent in the next decade. In addition, the current counselor population is aging and approaching retirement, with more than half of them over the age of 50.
Median pay for school and career counselors is $53,380 (based on BLS data from May 2010) with K-12 counselors belonging to the highest wage group ($60,000 average).
For information about job prospects for these career fields, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook. And OSU Career Services is also a great resource to explore student career opportunities.
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To determine whether these courses or programs meet licensure requirements in your state, you must contact the appropriate licensing board(s). Visit our license disclosure webpage for each state's contact information.