What Can You Do With A Major In Counselor Education?

Counselors help students with personal, family, educational, mental health, and career decisions and problems. They provide classroom guidance and organize programs to meet the students' developmental and special needs. Their responsibilities may vary based on the need of the individual, and on the type of organization they work for. They work with a wide variety of people, either on an individual basis or as a small group. There are a variety of settings that counselors may work at including schools and colleges, hospitals, correctional institutions, private practices, health care facilities, social agencies, and rehabilitation centers.  


Typical Career Paths

Mental Health
School Counseling
Career Counseling
Marriage and Family Therapy
Substance Abuse
Social Services

 Typical Employers/Work Setting

  • Public Schools
  • Private Institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Social Agencies
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Private Practices
  • Offices of Physicians
  • Residential Treatment Facilities
  • Local Government
  • State Government
  • Federal Government
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Colleges/Universities
  • Career Development Center
  • Corporations
  • Non Profit Agencies
  • Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Nursing Homes
  • Senior Centers
  • Research Organizations

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Skills Needed For This Career

  • Oral Communication Skills
  • Ability to organize and coordinate
  • Creativity
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Listening skills
  • Special Education Skills
  • Persuasive skills
  • Written Communication Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Mathematical Abilities
  • Curriculum Development
  • Language Skills
  • Counseling Skills
  • Group Dynamics 



Beginning Salary Range:


Approximately $32,000 a year, ranging from $30,000 - $34,000 a year- (Based on information from SIGI Plus)

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Links To Professional Associations  

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly, job databases.

American Mental Health Counselors Association

American School Counselor Association

American Psychotherapy Association

International Association of Counselors & Therapists

American Counseling Association
National Board for Certified Counselors
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
National Career Development Association
National Rehabilitation Counseling Association
Chi Sigma Iota – National Counseling Honor Society
Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling
Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
American Psychological Association
National Employment Counseling Association
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
National Organization for Human Services
Association for Play Therapy
American Art Therapy Association
American Music Therapy Association
Expressive Arts Therapy Association
Eating Disorders Professionals



Job Search/Career Information  


National Organizations or Databases      

Social Work and Social Services Jobs On-Line 


The National Assembly 

National Youth Development Information Center

Academic Innovations


http://www.counselor-license.com- for students at the post-secondary and higher level to explore requirements for pursuing licensure in Florida and other states.

http://www.mft-license.com-  this resource is intended to assist students, parents and educators in navigating the requirements and routes to become licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist


Graduate Schools  

Local Programs       

University of North Florida

University of Central Florida

University of South Florida

Florida Atlantic University

Florida International University

Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University


Other Resources for Graduate Program Research







Link To UNF Academic program 

The Department of Leadership, School Counseling and Sport Management offers a Master of Education in Counselor Education, with a track in School Counseling. This program prepares the student for the needs of a diverse group of individuals academically, emotionally, psychologically, and socially.


Job Search Internet Links    


Teaching/School Administration- Public Schools

Teaching/School Administration-Independent and Private Schools

Physical Education/Sports 

Human Services/Non-Profit/Counseling

Special Education and Related Services

College and University Job Search Internet Resources 

Educational Consulting/Human Resources/Research & Evaluation 

State and Federal Government Job Search 

  Addiction-Counselors.com-  addiction counselor certification and licensure requirements resource


Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview and/or shadow a professional in the field
  • Join a professional association for this career field
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in on-campus activities (RA, Peer Advisor, Student Government, Presidential Envoys, Fraternities, Sororities, Student Clubs)
  • Look to do an internship in your junior and/or senior year to gain experience in this field
  • Obtain teaching experience working with target age group by doing volunteer or part-time work
  • Consider taking a public speaking course to develop your presentation skills
  • Attend job fairs and networking events to meet with employer representatives and to explore options