Choosing a career can be a real challenge. How do you know what type of jobs are right for you? Is a particular profession suited to your personality, interests, and goals? High school students, college graduates, and adults interested in a career change have to face these difficult questions, but a career counselor can help. Career counselors work with people who have questions about different careers and educational paths. Career seekers can make the most of the planning and decision-making process and hopefully find a job path that is perfect for their needs by working with these professionals. Career counselors often work in a variety of areas and with a broad range of clients. Educational settings such as high schools and college, government agencies, and private practices are just a few of the major areas of employment for people working in this field. Some counselors work in high school settings and help students make college and career choices. Others work in higher-education settings and counsel university students who need help picking a major and deciding what they want to do when they graduate. Still others specialize in working with adults who are already a part of the workforce. 

Career counselor

 Because they are considering a career change, want to find ways to advance in their current careers, or need assistance finding new work after being laid off, these individuals might seek out the assistance of a career counselor. Counselors might also work with disabled individuals who need assistance to acquire job skills and find employment in some cases. These professionals are often employed by private or government agencies that offer assistance to children and adults suffering from a range of disabilities. Teaching basic job skills, connecting clients with resources in the community, and communicating with potential employers are just a few of the tasks counselors might perform when working in this area. The median annual salary for all school and career counselors was $53,380 in 2010. Those employed by community and social service organizations earned considerably less, with a median annual wage of $39,280. Although many employers prefer it and some require it, career counselors generally do not need to be licensed. Those who want to work in private practice, however, usually do need to be licensed. Licensure typically involves completing a master's program in counseling, performing an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience, passage of a state licensing exam, and continuing education credits. Those who are interested in working in elementary or secondary school settings generally need a master's degree in school counseling. Often educational programs have internship requirements where students gain hands-on experience by working under the supervision of a licensed professional. Counselors in school settings must also be licensed to work in the state where they intend to practice. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the job demand is projected to grow by approximately 19 percent between the years 2010 and 2020.