Educational counsellors (NOC 4033)

About this job

Educational counsellors:

  • guide present and future students on educational issues.
  • offer career planning and personal development
  • coordinate counselling services for students, parents, teachers, faculty and staff
  • work for school boards and post-secondary educational institutions.
Common job titles
  • co-op placement officer - school
  • co-op program co-ordinator - school
  • co-ordinator, student employment services
  • counsellor, First Nations studies program
  • officer, co-op
  • officer, independent or applied studies
  • co-op placement officer - school
  • co-op program co-ordinator - school
  • co-ordinator, student employment services
  • counsellor, academic
  • counsellor, career / vocational
  • counsellor, college / university

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$60,170

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Educational counsellors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • counsel students on educational issues such as course and program selection, time tables and scheduling, school adjustment, attendance problems and study skills
  • help students with career or vocational issues including career exploration and planning, resumé preparation, job interview skills and job search strategies and offer a wide range of educational and occupational information
  • co-ordinate co-op and school-to-work transition programs, and the provision of counselling and information services, such as career information, professional development sessions and exchanges with other educational institutions, to students, parents, teachers, faculty and staff
  • consult with teachers and parents or faculty and other professionals such as psychologists, speech therapists and social workers regarding various issues and concerns, and with administrators and community agencies regarding programs and referrals
  • administer and interpret standardized intelligence, personality, vocational, aptitude and interest tests • Develop and co-ordinate study skills groups or workshops in high schools, colleges and universities on topics such as note-taking, test or examination anxiety and preparation strategies and time management skills
  • visit colleges and secondary schools to provide academic information to prospective students, their parents and educational counsellors
  • co-ordinate or participate in student orientation programs in colleges or universities
  • arrange for employers to recruit graduating college and university students, and students for co-op education work terms
  • counsel students regarding personal and social issues such as substance abuse, depression, sexuality, eating disorders, anxiety, self-esteem, family problems, relationship and interpersonal skills and anger management
  • counsel students in crisis situations such as dealing with the death of a friend or family member, suicidal tendencies and abuse situations
  • may supervise peer counselling programs in school settings • may supervise field experience for graduate students in counselling
  • may teach regular classes

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Educational counsellors work in a variety of indoor educational settings and government agencies.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree in counselling, career development, education or social sciences is required for counsellors in school settings.
  • A master's degree in counselling psychology or a related field such as educational psychology, developmental psychology or social work is usually required.
  • Educational counsellors in post-secondary settings require an undergraduate degree and may require a graduate degree. A particular academic specialization may also be required.
  • In Quebec, membership in L'Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d'orientation et des psychoéducateurs et psychoéducatrices du Québec is mandatory to use the title ''counsellor''.
  • A teacher's certificate in the province of employment and some teaching experience is usually required for counsellors in school settings.
  • Educational counsellors in colleges and universities may require licensing from a provincial regulatory body governing psychologists, educational counsellors or social workers.
     

Skills

  • Directive
  • Social
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Clerical Ability
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For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
180
Average annual employment growth:
0.7%
Expected number of job openings:
70
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
70
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
2,150
Average annual employment growth:
0.8%
Expected number of job openings:
820
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
40
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
20
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
310
Average annual employment growth:
2.1%
Expected number of job openings:
180
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
620
Average annual employment growth:
1.6%
Expected number of job openings:
290

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Educational counsellors in colleges, universities and other settings may specialize in academic counselling, personal or social issues/problems counselling or career/vocational counselling.
Elementary school counsellors generally provide more social and personal counselling whereas vocational and academic counselling is provided more by high school counsellors.

Additional resources