School Counselor

798 Words May 10th, 2013 4 Pages
School Counselor

Every student needs help in some way whether entering high school, needing information, choosing a career, or talk about personal problems. As a high schoolor, students realize what roles counselors play in school careers and futures. School counselors are there every step of the way. A school counselor plays multiple roles in a students’ life. Before anything, the counselor and student must get to know each other, so the student is comfortable.(Job Profiles, 2011) When a student enters freshman year in high school, there is one counselor that will be there throughout the four years of high school. Students are worried about the new people, new classes, where the classes are, etc. The counselor allows the student to
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For example; Career Exploration or Human Growth & Development. It is required in all states for any school counselor to have a state certification. And in some states it is required to have a master’s degree. Also, it could be required to take a 1-year teacher education program that is offered as most 4-year colleges. Any training or counseling programs are very helpful also. (Job Profiles, 2011) On a weekday basis, counselors work for around 7 to 8 hours a day looking to see how their students are doing throughout the day and how their grades are. They have the same hours and days as teachers do. They work throughout the school day from the beginning of the school year to the end. But they also prepare for the next school year in the summer. Counselors often work on their own, but sometimes they may talk to other counselors about things, and they may talk to students on their own, or in little groups. Counselors have their own offices. ( KidsHealth, 1995) The salaries that the counselors earn depend on their level of seniority or level of education. On average they would make around $32,000 to $86,000 a year. Starting off their career as a counselor they make $18.53 an hour, but once they become more experienced they make $36.53 an hour. They may also receive benefits by contributing to health insurance for a student. (School Counselor: Job Profile & Salary, 2012)