Educational counsellors

Educational counsellors

NOC
4033

Advise current and prospective students on educational issues, career education planning and personal development, and co-ordinate counselling services for students, parents and teachers.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

36
 

Median Hourly Wage

$33.65
$20.00
Low
$45.41
High

Median Salary

$58,373
 

Typically Required

University

Employed

453
 

% Working Full Time

91%
 

% Working Full Year

66%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Educational counsellors advise current and prospective students on educational issues, career planning and personal development, and co-ordinate the provision of counselling services to students, parents, teachers, faculty and staff. They are employed by school boards and post-secondary educational institutions.

Main Duties

Educational counsellors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Counsel students regarding educational issues such as course and program selection, time tables and scheduling, school adjustment, attendance problems and study skills
  • Counsel students regarding career or vocational issues including career exploration and planning, résumé preparation, job interview skills and job search strategies and make available to them a wide range of educational and occupational information
  • Co-ordinate co-op and school-to-work transition programs, and the provision of counselling and information services, such as career information, professional development sessions and exchanges with other educational institutions, to students, parents, teachers, faculty and staff
  • Consult with teachers and parents or faculty and other professionals such as psychologists, speech therapists and social workers regarding various issues and concerns, and with administrators and community agencies regarding programs and referrals
  • Administer and interpret standardized intelligence, personality, vocational, aptitude and interest tests
  • Develop and co-ordinate study skills groups or workshops in high schools, colleges and universities on topics such as note-taking, test or examination anxiety and preparation strategies and time management skills
  • Visit colleges and secondary schools to provide academic information to prospective students, their parents and educational counsellors
  • Co-ordinate or participate in student orientation programs in colleges or universities
  • Arrange for employers to recruit graduating college and university students, and students for co-op education work terms
  • Counsel students regarding personal and social issues such as substance abuse, depression, sexuality, eating disorders, anxiety, self-esteem, family problems, relationship and interpersonal skills and anger management
  • Counsel students in crisis situations such as dealing with the death of a friend or family member, suicidal tendencies and abuse situations
  • May supervise peer counselling programs in school settings
  • May supervise field experience for graduate students in counselling
  • May teach regular classes.

Also Known As

  • academic counsellor
  • career counsellor - education
  • school counsellor
  • student services counsellor
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in counselling, career development, education or social sciences is required for counsellors in school settings.
  • A master's degree in counselling psychology or a related field such as educational psychology, developmental psychology or social work is usually required.
  • Educational counsellors in post-secondary settings require an undergraduate degree and may require a graduate degree. A particular academic specialization may also be required.
  • In Quebec, membership in l'Ordre des conseillers et conseill?res d'orientation et des psycho?ducateurs et psycho?ducatrices du Qu?bec is mandatory to use the title ''counsellor''.
  • A teacher's certificate in the province of employment and some teaching experience is usually required for counsellors in school settings.
  • Educational counsellors in colleges and universities may require licensing from a provincial regulatory body governing psychologists, educational counsellors or social workers.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

68.2%
Female
31.8%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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2.3%
15-24
16.1%
25-34
34.5%
35-44
26.4%
45-54
17.2%
55-64
3.4%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
4.5%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
2.3%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
14.6%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
78.7%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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81.8%
Educational services
5.7%
Health care and social assistance
5.7%
Public administration
6.8%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

Data legend

13.50%
Northeast
28.10%
Southeast
19.10%
Southwest
29.20%
Central
10.10%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$53,931
Northeast
$66,930
Southeast
$70,866
Southwest
$53,237
Central
$74,932
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available

Southeast

$33.65
$20.00
Low
$45.41
High

Southwest

$33.65
$20.00
Low
$45.41
High

Central

$33.65
$20.00
Low
$45.41
High
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$58,373

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$64,002

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$58,373

Newfoundland

$77,110

Prince Edward Island

$75,457

Nova Scotia

$59,131

Canada

$55,909
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

36
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-13
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

48
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

124
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-35
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

158