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Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
District Of Columbia

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Counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.

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Currently Employed: 1,728

Projected Annual Job Openings: 90

Typical Hourly Wage: $20.93 - $37.85

Typical Annual Salary: $43,500 - $78,700

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Typical education needed for entry: Master's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Counsel individuals to help them understand and overcome personal, social, or behavioral problems affecting their educational or vocational situations.
  • Review transcripts to ensure that students meet graduation or college entrance requirements and write letters of recommendation.
  • Provide crisis intervention to students when difficult situations occur at schools.
  • Confer with parents or guardians, teachers, administrators, and other professionals to discuss children's progress, resolve behavioral, academic, and other problems, and to determine priorities for students and their resource needs.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Prepare students for later educational experiences by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Identify cases of domestic abuse or other family problems and encourage students or parents to seek additional assistance from mental health professionals.
  • Evaluate students' or individuals' abilities, interests, and personality characteristics using tests, records, interviews, or professional sources.
  • Counsel students regarding educational issues, such as course and program selection, class scheduling and registration, school adjustment, truancy, study habits, and career planning.
  • Provide students with information on such topics as college degree programs and admission requirements, financial aid opportunities, trade and technical schools, and apprenticeship programs.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Desktop computers
  • Liquid crystal display projector
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Project management software
  • Word processing software

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