Is a Career as a School Counselor Right for You?

High school counselor sits across a smiling female student

With a Master of Science in Professional Counseling offered by Grand Canyon University, you will be prepared to enter the field of psychology and help people address and overcome their struggles. One way in which you can do this is by becoming a school counselor. This rewarding career path may be right for you if:

You Are Passionate About Helping Others

School counselors work with students at elementary or secondary schools to help students develop the skills they need for success. If you enjoy identifying issues and working with people to overcome them, you might be a good fit for a school counselor. You will use interviews and assessments to discover areas that need improvement and collaborate with students and other educators to provide the help they need to do well in not only their education but in life.

You Have Strong Interpersonal Skills

If you have a talent for communicating with diverse groups of people, you may be able to apply this to a career in school counseling. In this field, you will need to work directly with people of many different backgrounds and form working relationships to help your clients be successful.

Along with interpersonal skills, counselors must have strong listening skills in order to understand the problems of students and form adequate solutions. Being a skilled communicator is also valued in the counseling field so that information and ideas can be expressed and understood easily by students, parents, and teachers.

You Wish to Address a Growing Need

The career field of school and career counselors has been growing in the past few years as enrollment increases. As the number of elementary, middle and high school students rises, the demand for counselors to meet their social and academic needs does as well. School and career counseling employment prospects are looking relatively strong for the next few years, which may be enticing to people searching for open positions in a rewarding field.

You Are Interested in Furthering Your Education

School counselors require a Master’s in counseling in order to establish a strong understanding of counseling theories, diversity, testing and analysis and more. If you think you may be interested in continuing your education, Grand Canyon University provides opportunities for transferring credits as well as flexible online course scheduling. Our MS in professional counseling program concludes with a practicum and internship so you can apply your classroom knowledge in a real-world setting. By completing the coursework, you may be academically prepared to meet Arizona licensure requirements. For more information, visit our website or contact an admissions counselor.

To learn more about Grand Canyon University’s flexible master’s degree programs and how to get started on advancing your education, visit our website or click the Request More Information button on this page.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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