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Career Counseling

Job Duties

Career counselors (also called vocational counselors) are trained to assist people with the process of making career decisions. As a career counselor your work will include helping people explore careers, interests, develop skills, research educational programs, create plans, and ultimately find a good career fit. Career counselors may work in colleges and in organizations that assist adults with career choices or changes.

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Education and Certification Requirements

To become a career counselor, after you graduate from HDFS you will need to obtain a master’s degree in counseling with a focus on career development. Your training will likely include a period of supervised hands-on experience, such as an internship. 


The median annual wage for career counselors working at colleges was $51,120 in May 2019. For those working in healthcare or social assistance organizations it was $40,620.

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Job Outlook

Demand for career counseling is projected to increase in college settings as an increasing number of campuses open onsite career centers to help students develop skills and prepare for transition to the workforce.

Career counselors also will be needed in organizations that provide vocational services to assist those who change careers, to help laid-off workers find employment, and to help military personnel transition into the civilian job market.  

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Recommended courses for HDFS undergraduates

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National Career Development Association