Most career counselors will hold a masters degree in counseling. The requirements can vary by state or country, with a degree in counseling being the common theme.

Most career counseling programs have specific courses in relationships, cultural and social diversity, human growth and development, professional identity, and research and program evaluation. Most masters degree programs will also demand supervised clinical counseling experience.

Licensed career counselors are often expected to continue their learning in order to maintain their license. Further learning can include seminars, workshops, graduate studies and personal studies; all to strengthen their own education and the service level they can provide to their clients.

As well as the above mentioned requirements, a strong interest in helping others meet their goals is suggested, as well as the ability to provide a positive viewpoint and show respect for their clients. These skills will help the counselor's goal of aiding their clients to strengthen their skills, work ethic, and suitability for the field they are best suited to work in.

What are Career Counselors like?


Based on our pool of users, Career Counselors tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Career Counselors by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 1060 Sokanu users

Are Career Counselors happy?


Career Counselors rank among the happiest careers. Overall they rank in the 88th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Career Counselor Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Career Counselors

The most common degree held by Career Counselors is Psychology. 12% of Career Counselors had a degree in Psychology before becoming Career Counselors. That is over 2 times the average across all careers. Counseling Psychology graduates are the second most common among Career Counselors, representing 7% of Career Counselors in the Sokanu user base, which is 18.8 times the average.

Career Counselor Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Career Counselor, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Career Counselors % of population Multiple
Psychology 11.6% 6.9% 1.7×
Counseling Psychology 6.6% 0.4% 18.8×
Business Management And Administration 4.8% 6.5% 0.7×
Communications 4.0% 3.3% 1.2×
English Literature 4.0% 4.9% 0.8×
Human Resources 3.3% 1.0% 3.3×
General Education 2.9% 0.6% 5.0×
Sociology 2.8% 2.1% 1.4×
School Student Counseling 2.6% 0.2% 17.5×
Political Science 2.3% 2.9% 0.8×
Business 2.0% 2.4% 0.8×
Educational Administration And Supervision 1.7% 0.1% 13.9×
History 1.6% 2.2% 0.7×
Educational Psychology 1.6% 0.1% 12.7×
Economics 1.6% 3.9% 0.4×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.5% 1.6% 0.9×
Public Administration 1.1% 0.4% 2.5×
Marketing And Marketing Research 1.0% 2.2% 0.5×
Teacher Education 1.0% 0.7% 1.4×

Career Counselor Education Levels

75% of Career Counselors have a bachelor's degree. 21% of Career Counselors have a master's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 0%
Associate's degree 0%
Bachelor's degree 75%
Master's degree 21%
Doctorate degree 4%

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