Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 21-1012 Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
Counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.
Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
OJT: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Tasks: Counsel individuals to help them understand and overcome personal, social, or behavioral problems affecting their educational or vocational situations. Provide crisis intervention to students when difficult situations occur at schools. Confer with parents or guardians, teachers, administrators, and other professionals to discuss children's progress, resolve behavioral, academic, and other problems, and to determine priorities for students and their resource needs. Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations. Prepare students for later educational experiences by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
License: This applicant should contact the State Board of Examiners in Counseling for application procedures and examination schedules. The applicant will be required to meet all regular work experience and qualifications for a licensed counselor, plus and Alabama Department of Education requirements such as Teacher Certification, Professional Educator Certification and state and federal back-ground clearances. Application Fee: $30.00 Renewal Fee: $30.00 Background Review Fee: $49.65 Out-of-State Background Review Fee: $57.65
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $18.55   Entry $38,598.00
Mean $25.95   Mean $53,974.00
Experience $29.65 Experience $61,667.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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