School Counseling and Guidance Services
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School counseling and guidance services is a program that prepares individuals to apply the theory and principles of guidance and counseling to the provision of support for the personal, social, educational, and vocational development of students, and the organizing of guidance services within elementary, middle and secondary educational institutions. includes instruction in legal and professional requirements, therapeutic counselor intervention, vocational counseling, and related sociological and psychological foundations.
Careers for program graduates
School counseling and guidance services majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Educational, Guidance, and Car...Specialized CounselorsMental Health CounselorsSubstance Abuse and Behavioral...General Office ClerksEducation and childcare admini...Secondary School TeachersTeaching AssistantsSpecialized Social WorkersPostsecondary TeachersMedical and Health Services Ma...Specialized ManagersMarriage and Family TherapistsRehabilitation Counselors
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Current Award Levels
Hover over the bars below to see how many people across the country completed a degree in school counseling and guidance services at each level last year.
05K10K15K0-1 Year Certificate1-2 Year CertificateBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreePost-master's CertResearch Doctorate
Race/origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all school counseling and guidance services graduates from this last academic year. We found a lower percentage of international graduates than in 55% of other programs.
Pacific Islander
American Indian
Not Reported
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 56% of other programs.
Of all people with any degree in school counseling and guidance services earned in the last academic year, 83% were women.
Context: Percentage women
This is a higher percentage of women than 84% of other programs.
The Census Bureau provides salary data for people with bachelor's degrees in school student counseling, which includes school counseling and guidance services and 2 other program.
Context: Median Salary
People with a degree in school student counseling have a median salary of $54,424.
Context: Benefit of a master's
About 88% of these bachelor's graduates also have a graduate degree, perhaps in a different field. Salaries improved by approximately 29% over those holding only the bachelor's degree for those with subsequent graduate degrees.
As with our salary data, this data applies to all who earned a bachelor's degree in school student counseling, which consists of 3 programs.
Context: Unemployment Rate
With an unemployment rate of 1.5%, this degree's majors who are in the workforce are more likely to be employed than the bachelor's graduates of 57% of other fields.
Context: Self Employed Workers
About 2% of workers who earned a bachelor's in school student counseling are self-employed.
Top careers
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in School Student Counseling (which combines 3 programs), perhaps followed by additional education in any field. There is a fun exploration of related degrees and careers under Explore Careers below.
Completions History

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Staring Salaries and College Debt by Award
How are students who recently completed a degree in Student Counseling and Personnel Services doing?

Below you'll see the distribution of the starting salaries and accumulated federal and private educational loans across schools that offer a program in the field student counseling and personnel services, which includes school counseling and guidance services.

Median starting salaries
Median cumulative loan amount
Salary and Employment for Majors
Percentage of school student counseling bachelor's graduates who are working

Technically, about 18.2% of school student counseling graduates are currently not working, but only 1.5% are classified as "unemployed." The remaining 16.7% are "not in the workforce," and we don't know whether people are out of the workforce for personal reasons or because they have been unable to find work for an extended period.

Percentage working by type of employer
Federal government
State government
Local government
Self Emp. Incoporated
Self Emp. Not Incorp.
Private not-for-profit
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Context: Unemployment rates

How does the unemployment rate for school student counseling majors compare to the rate for other majors?

Typical salaries for school student counseling majors
Distribution: Salaries by Employer

Following is the full distribution of salaries for school student counseling majors, with a look at how the type of employer might affect that salary. This salary data includes people who may also have earned a graduate degree in any subject.

$60K$56K$48K$46K$54K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitOverall
Context: median salaries

How does the median (middle) salary for school student counseling majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?

Gender and success for school student counseling majors

The donut shows the gender balance for all people with a bachelor's degree in school student counseling.

Men (19%)
Women (81%)
Context: Gender representation

There are more female school student counseling majors than most other degrees. This chart explores the percentages of men and women across majors.

Distribution: salaries by gender

Does your gender influence your salary? If salaries are balanced for men and women, the blue and pink bars should be about the same.

Context: Salary inequity

For school student counseling graduates, men generally earn 21% more than women. This is high: 62% of programs have graduates with lower salary inequities.

Insights from the ages of school student counseling bachelor's-holders
Salary by age

What entry-level pay should you expect in your first job, and is the mid-level pay significantly higher? Below we see salary distributions by age group for school student counseling graduates.

Workers with this degree
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?

Among all school counseling and guidance services completions reported last year, 100% were at the bachelor's level or higher, including 96% at the graduate level.

Most recent completions in school counseling and guidance services
0-1 Year Certificate
1-2 Year Certificate
2-4 Year Certificate
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Postbaccalaureate Cert
Master's Degree
Post-master's Cert
Professional Degree
Research Doctorate
Other Doctorate
Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree

About 88% school student counseling majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (but we do not know the graduate field of study). The percentage of school student counseling majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 99% of other fields.

Distribution: school student counseling majors' salaries by education level

Explore the salary distribution of school student counseling majors by their highest degree earned. (Graduate degrees may be earned in any field.)

Context: Percentage boost obtained with a graduate degree

How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We measured the percentage increase over the bachelor's salary that each higher degree achieved -- see how this increase compares to other majors.

29%91%45%0%20%40%60%80%100%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

This section's data applies people who earned a bachelor's degree in school student counseling

There's a wealth of information about diversity and employment by college major using data from the American Community Survey. The data for school counseling and guidance services is available for the larger school student counseling degree designation, which contains a total of 3 programs. The charts in this section only apply to people who earned a bachelor's degree in this program.

Explore Careers
Careers for school student counseling majors

Where do school student counseling majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** before the job name tells you that the Department of Education recommends this job for people with a degree in school counseling and guidance services.

Other majors that are hired by the top ten school student counseling careers

Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by school student counseling graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work, and explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!

PsychologyGeneral EducationSocial WorkSociologyCounseling PsychologyElementary EducationBusiness Management and A...English Language and Lite...CommunicationsCriminal Justice and Fire...Special Needs EducationEarly Childhood EducationArt and Music EducationHistoryLanguage and Drama Educat...Liberal ArtsGeneral BusinessFamily and Consumer Scien...AccountingMarketingPolitical Science and Gov...BiologyMathematicsSecondary Teacher Educati...Physical and Health Educa...NursingHuman Services and Commun...Educational, Guidance, andCareer Counselors andAdvisorsElementary and MiddleSchool School TeachersSpecialized CounselorsMental Health CounselorsSubstance Abuse andBehavioral DisorderCounselorsGeneral Office ClerksEducation and childcareadministratorsSecondary School TeachersTeaching AssistantsSpecialized Social WorkersAll othersTop 10 CareersTop 10 degrees hired
Where can I complete this program?
Explore schools that offer school counseling and guidance services degrees and certificates

Use this list to identify high-performing schools in convenient locations that offer this program. Select the orange scatter button to see typical starting salaries and student loans by school and award level for the broad program Student Counseling and Personnel Services. (Salary data is only available for large programs.)

Understanding the columns

The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Explore school counseling and guidance services graduate program details

Many schools provide information to Peterson's about their graduate programs, and Ididio has licensed that data to share with you. The full list of schools is in the first table you encountered, and here we share the data that select universities have chosen to provide. You'll find more information about these programs on each school's page under "Programs Offered" -- select any table row to see this!

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School Counseling and Guidance Services is part of a larger collection of programs: Student Counseling, Library Science, and other Education-adjacent fields. Is there a different program that's close to School Counseling and Guidance Services that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.