High School Guidance Counselor

By: Kennedy Davis


A High School Guidance Counselor collaborates with all members of the school community to help students succeed in school, support every student's academic, career, and personal/social development, and do paperwork and schedules for the students.

Required Skills

An individual who would like to become a High School Guidance Counselor would need to be able to:

  • Work well with other staff and students
  • Communicate clearly with students
  • Strong speaking and listening skills
  • Compassion
  • People skills
  • Able to do paperwork and work a computer

These  skills are required in order to help gather information about students from other adults and to help the student excel in school.

Educational Requirements

To become a High School Guidance Counselor, in college you need to major in Education and take teaching classes. In my case, I would take a teaching class that allows me to teach any grade level. I would have to receive my Masters Degree and state-credential allowing me to be a teacher. This is typically a six year process but could probably be done in a shorter time. Also, some school require you to teach for a certain amount of years before you are able to become a counselor.

Salary (Income) Exxpectations

If you are required to teach before you are able to become a counselor, you will make around $40,000 to $60,560 annually. Once you become a counselor, you can expect to make around $76,000 to $86,870 annually.

Future Outlook

It would not be very hard to find a job as a Guidance Counselor in the future. There are approximately 260,00 Guidance Counselor jobs in the United States. This particular job is highly unlikely to die out because all schools in the U.S. have counselors and there will most likely always be schools.


This job will most likely appeal to someone who likes like to be around children and make a decent amount of money at the same time.

Similar Careers

Someone with the who wanted to be a Guidance Counselor but was unable to find employment could also being a teacher at a school depending on what grades they are allowed to teach.

Why I Picked this Career

I chose a Guidance Counselor because I love being around children but I also want to make a decent amount of money that would allow me to live comfortably. I think I would be good at this career because I am very determined and I good at the type of things Guidance Counselors do.

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