Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors

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2019 Workforce
370k
Average Age
41.2
Estimated Job Growth
12.6%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$49,786
Average Male Salary
$49,059
Average Female Salary
$50,025

About

Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors are most often employed by the Elementary & secondary schools industry. The average yearly wage for Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors was $49,786 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors by wage are Elementary & middle school teachers, Firstline supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, & groundskeeping workers, and Fishing and hunting workers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors are Greece & Gates Towns PUMA, NY, Westfield & Holyoke Cities PUMA, MA, and Greater Boynton Beach City (North) PUMA, FL. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors are Greece & Gates Towns PUMA, NY, Klamath, Malheur, Lake & Harney Counties PUMA, OR, and Westfield & Holyoke Cities PUMA, MA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors and on wages and locations for those in the field. Elementary & secondary schools is the industry that employs the most Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors, by average wage, is Computer Systems Design. Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors are paid most in Nashville-Davidson (Southwest) PUMA, TN but are relatively concentrated in Greece & Gates Towns PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$49,786
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,323

In 2019, Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors earned an average of $49,786, $5,738 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Fishing and hunting workers make somewhat more than Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors while Elementary & middle school teachers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.304
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.304, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors, by number of employees, are Elementary & secondary schools, Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges, and Vocational rehabilitation services.

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Industries by Share

370k
2019 Workforce
± 14,918
11.9%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 5.24%

The number of people employed as Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors has been growing at a rate of 11.9%, from 330,631 people in 2018 to 370,132 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors employed by various industries. Elementary & secondary schools employs the largest share of Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors at  48.2%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 36.3% and Vocational rehabilitation services with 2.32%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors in the US. The average age of male Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors in the workforce is 40.4 and of female Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors is 41.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

91.4k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 7,420
279k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 12,950

75.3% of Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

63.5% of Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 16.6% of Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors.

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Age by Gender

40.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.17
41.4
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.58

The median age of Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors is 41.2, and Male employees are generally 1.03 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors is Psychology but a relatively high number of Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors hold a major in Psychology.

Majors

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 6.85%, but Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors are expected to see a growth of 12.6% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

12.6%
ESTIMATED GROWTH
6.85%
NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2018 to 2028) for Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors. This profession is expected to grow faster than 6.85%, the average rate of national job growth.

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