Career Counselor Training Online

The average person makes over 10 employment changes over the course of a career. In an increasingly complex career landscape, career counselors help their clients develop career goals and directions. In this 100% online course, you will learn to help others map out and follow their chosen career journeys. Key topics include the stages of career development, the fundamentals of career planning and working with diverse audiences.

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Job Outlook for Career Counselors

  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects 8% growth in the demand for School and Career Counselors between now and 2029. This is much faster than average growth for all jobs. The Bureau cites particularly strong demand for career counselors who help people make career changes, assist laid-off workers and former military members as they transition to new careers.
  • reports that career counselors earn $45,433 per year, on average. Salaries for career counselors in the early stages of their careers range from $33-57,000 during their first 1-4 years on the job.

Career Counselor Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What Are the Duties of a Career Counselor?

Career Counselors help students and clients match their talents and goals with career opportunities. They then help them pursue those opportunities. Some of a Career Counselor's job duties may include:

  • Administer personality and interest assessment exams;
  • Use talent inventories to help clients determine their career interests;
  • Help clients consider career changes;
  • Evaluate clients' education and experience to help them determine the next step toward their career goals;
  • Advise students about courses and programs that can lead to their chosen careers;
  • Help clients and students select schools or programs that match their needs;
  • Prepare clients and students with job search skills like interviewing, resume writing, and networking

Where Do Career Counselors Work?

Many Career Counselors work in the academic setting, serving in high schools, community colleges and universities. Companies also employ career counselors to help employees map their career paths or transition from one type of work to another. Finally, many independent Career Counselors work as recruiters or career coaches.

Course Objectives

  • Understand fundamental goals and identify key stages of career development
  • Identify common career challenges and learn to conduct career counseling interviews
  • Understand your clients and identify their career goals
  • Create and deliver comprehensive career development plans
  • Create a quality career coaching service
  • Recognizing challenges and strategies to maintain quality in career counseling
  • Add value to your coaching services by providing quality career development plans
  • Advance your career by helping others in their career

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Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites prior to enrolling in this course.


Key course topics include:

  • Introduction to Career Planning for Clients
  • Understanding the Stages of Career Development
  • Identifying Client's Career Goals and Challenges
  • Employability and Career Planning
  • Working with Diverse Audiences
  • Addressing Challenges that Client's Face
  • Career Counseling Interviews
  • Creating Career Development Plans
  • Traps to Avoid in Career Counseling
  • Maintaining Quality in Career Coaching Services


Thea Roberts

Thea Roberts is an instructor with a background in business administration. Previously, she was a finance officer and employment advisor. She also held a position in the Washington State Ombudsman Program. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Arts.

Registration and Enrollment

This course is open enrollment. You can enroll and begin anytime.

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