Educational counsellors (NOC 4033)

High opportunity occupation

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, academic
  • counsellor, career / vocational
  • counsellor, college / university


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.

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.

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