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About the Field of School Counseling

State-certified school counselors are uniquely qualified to address students’ academic, personal/social and career development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. For more information on the field of school counseling, visit the American School Counselor Association’s Web site http://www.schoolcounselor.org

Professional school counselors are employed in all levels of K-12 school systems. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, employment for school counselors is expected to grow by 14 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. “States require elementary schools to employ counselors. Expansion of the responsibilities of school counselors also is likely to lead to increases in their employment. For example, counselors are becoming more involved in crisis and preventive counseling, helping students deal with issues ranging from drug and alcohol abuse to death and suicide.” For more information on the occupational outlook for school counselors, visit http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos067.htm.