CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Vocational and Educational Counselors

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Counseling - Education
Benchmark Title: Vocational and Educational Counselors
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services. Counsel individuals to help them understand and overcome personal, social, or behavioral problems affecting their educational or vocational situations.
 
Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
 
Provide crisis intervention to students when difficult situations occur at schools.
 
Prepare students for later educational experiences by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
 
Provide students with information on such topics as college degree programs and admission requirements, financial aid opportunities, trade and technical schools, and apprenticeship programs.
 
Teach classes and present self-help or information sessions on subjects related to education and career planning.
 
Conduct follow-up interviews with counselees to determine if their needs have been met.
 
Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
 
Plan and conduct orientation programs and group conferences to promote the adjustment of individuals to new life experiences such as starting college.
 
Assess needs for assistance such as rehabilitation, financial aid, or additional vocational training, and refer clients to the appropriate services.
 
Instruct individuals in career development techniques such as job search and application strategies, resume writing, and interview skills.
 
Address community groups, faculty, and staff members to explain available counseling services.
 
Compile and study occupational, educational, and economic information to assist counselees in determining and carrying out vocational and educational objectives.
 
Provide information for teachers and staff members involved in helping students or graduates identify and pursue employment opportunities.
 
Review transcripts to ensure that students meet graduation or college entrance requirements and write letters of recommendation.
 
Refer students to degree programs based on interests, aptitudes, or educational assessments.
 
Provide special services such as alcohol and drug prevention programs and classes that teach students to handle conflicts without resorting to violence.
 
Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities such as restrooms.
 
Interview clients to obtain information about employment history, educational background, and career goals, and to identify barriers to employment.
 
Establish and supervise peer counseling and peer tutoring programs.
 
Refer qualified counselees to employers or employment services for job placement.
 
Sponsor extracurricular activities such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
 
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.
 
Evaluate students' or individuals' abilities, interests, and personality characteristics using tests, records, interviews, or professional sources.
 
Identify cases of domestic abuse or other family problems and encourage students or parents to seek additional assistance from mental health professionals.
 
Counsel students regarding educational issues, such as course and program selection, class scheduling and registration, school adjustment, truancy, study habits, and career planning.
 
Collaborate with teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of school programs and in the preparation of master schedules for curriculum offerings.
 
Observe students during classroom and play activities to evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
 
Attend meetings, educational conferences, and training workshops and serve on committees.
 
Plan and promote career and employment-related programs and events, such as career planning presentations, work-experience programs, job fairs, and career workshops.
 
Establish and enforce administration policies and rules governing student behavior.
 
Establish contacts with employers to create internship and employment opportunities for students.
 
Plan, direct, and participate in recruitment and enrollment activities.
 
Supervise, train, and direct professional staff and interns.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Counseling - Education
Benchmark Title: Vocational and Educational Counselors
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Philosophy and Theology Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Counseling - Education
Benchmark Title: Vocational and Educational Counselors
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Counseling - Education
Benchmark Title: Vocational and Educational Counselors
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Counseling - Education
Benchmark Title: Vocational and Educational Counselors
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
ACT Discover Data base user interface and query software
 
ACT WorkKeys Analytical or scientific software
 
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Athena Software Penelope Case Management Customer relationship management CRM software
 
Career Zone Data base user interface and query software
 
Career decision-making programs Data base user interface and query software
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC WONDER Data base user interface and query software
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epi Info Analytical or scientific software
 
Chat software Network conferencing software
 
Coin Educational Products Climb K-5 Online Data base user interface and query software
 
Coin Educational Products Coin Jr. Data base user interface and query software
 
Computer-assisted career guidance software Data base user interface and query software
 
Computer-assisted live supervision Network monitoring software
 
Computerized diagnostic programs Analytical or scientific software
 
Computerized statistical packages Analytical or scientific software
 
Computerized testing programs Analytical or scientific software
 
Counseling software Analytical or scientific software
 
Database application software Data base user interface and query software
 
EZAnalyze Spreadsheet software
 
Email software Electronic mail software
 
Instant messaging software Instant messaging software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Internet Explorer Internet browser software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft Outlook Electronic mail software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Publisher Desktop publishing software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Naviance Succeed Data base user interface and query software
 
O*NET OnLine Data base user interface and query software
 
Palm Pal Transana Project management software
 
Productivity software Project management software
 
Student information systems SIS Data base user interface and query software
 
Web browser software Internet browser software
 
Web page design and editing software Web page creation and editing software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
Yahoo! Email Electronic mail software
 
Audio recorders Digital voice recorders
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital video disk DVD players Digital video disk players or recorders
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Liquid crystal display LCD projectors Liquid crystal display projector
 
Overhead display projectors Overhead projectors
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
Photocopying equipment Photocopiers
 
Projection equipment Liquid crystal display projector
 
Video cassette recorders VCR Video cassette players or recorders
 
Video recorders Digital camcorders or video cameras
 
Videoconferencing equipment Videoconferencing systems
 
Yahoo! Messenger Instant messaging platform
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Counseling - Education
Benchmark Title: Vocational and Educational Counselors
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Counseling - Education
Benchmark Title: Vocational and Educational Counselors
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Academic Advisement Director
Academic Adviser
Academic Advising Director
Academic Advisor
Academic Coordinator
Academic Counselor
Admissions Advisor
Admissions Counselor
Admissions Director
Adolescent Counselor
Adult Education Teacher
Adult School Counselor
Adviser
Advisor
Articulation Officer
Assessment Coordinator
Assessment Specialist
Career Advisor
Career Center Director
Career Coach
Career Consultant
Career Coordinator
Career Counselor
Career Developer
Career Development Consultant
Career Development Counselor
Career Development Director
Career Development Facilitator
Career Development Specialist
Career Guidance Counselor
Career Services Coordinator
Career Services Director
Career Technical Counselor
Career Transition Specialist
Child Guidance Counselor
College Counselor
College Recruiter
Comprehensive Advisor
Cooperative Education Director
Counseling Department Chair
Counseling Director
Counselor
Counselor Supervisor
Curriculum Counselor
Dean
Dean of Student Services
Dean of Students
Director Career Services
Director of Counseling
Director of Guidance
Director of Guidance in Public Schools
Director of Vocational Guidance
Disability Services Coordinator
Education Counselor
Educational Adviser
Educational Advisor
Educational Director
Educator
Elementary School Counselor
Employment Case Manager
Employment Coach
Employment Coordinator
Employment Counselor
Employment Trainer
Employment Training Specialist
Enrollment Counselor
Extension Course Counselor
Financial Aid Counselor
Financial Aid Director
Foreign Student Adviser
Future Farmers of America Advisor (FFA Advisor)
Guidance Adviser
Guidance Counselor
Guidance Director
Guidance Services Coordinator
High School Counselor
High School Guidance Counselor
Housing and Residence Life Director
International Student Counselor
Internship Coordinator
Job Coach
Job Developer
Job Placement Counselor
Learning Specialist
Life Skills Coach
Mental Health Counselor
Middle School Counselor
Nurses' Association Counselor
Offender Employment Specialist (OES)
Offender Job Retention Specialist
Offender Workforce Development Program Manager (OWDPM)
Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS)
Outplacement Consultant
Placement Coordinator
Placement Director
Professor
Pupil Personnel Worker
Registrar
Residence Counselor
Resident Hall Director
Resume Writer
School Adjustment Counselor
School Counselor
School Guidance Counselor
School Psychologist
Special Services Supervisor
Student Advisor
Student Affairs Dean
Student Development Advisor
Student Development Specialist
Student Life Coordinator
Student Services Advisor
Student Services Coordinator
Student Services Counselor
Student Services Dean
Student Services Director
Student Success Counselor
Student Support Counselor
Student Support Services Director
Students Okay Without Drugs and Alcohol Counselor (SODA Counselor)
Study Abroad Advisor
Teacher
Teacher Advisor
Teacher Counselor
Transition Advisor
Transition Specialist
Tutor Coordinator
Veterans Contact Representative
Vocational Adviser
Vocational Counselor
Vocational Director
Vocational Evaluator
Vocational Examiner
Vocational Guidance Counselor
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Counseling - Education
Benchmark Title: Vocational and Educational Counselors
 
 
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