Careers Counsellors provide individuals and groups with information about career choices and assist individuals with self-development.

    You usually need a certificate IV in career development or employment services to work as a Careers Counsellor. Careers Counsellors often have university qualifications.

    Tasks

    • Works with clients on career, study and employment options by obtaining and examining information relevant to their abilities and needs.
    • Provides information and resources to assist clients with job-seeking skills.

    All Counsellors

    • $1,584 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Careers Counsellors

    • 2,100 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 60% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 44 years Average age
    • 75% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Careers Counsellors (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 1,700 in 2011 to 2,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Careers Counsellors work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Financial and Insurance Services.
    • Full-time: More than half work full-time (60%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 75% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services80.0
    Public Administration and Safety9.3
    Financial and Insurance Services3.5
    Other Services0.8
    Other Industries6.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateCareers CounsellorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW28.731.6
    VIC33.825.6
    QLD20.020.0
    SA5.77.0
    WA7.510.8
    TAS1.72.0
    NT0.71.0
    ACT1.91.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketCareers CounsellorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.9-5.05.0
    20-247.6-9.39.3
    25-3419.9-22.922.9
    35-4421.9-22.022.0
    45-5423.8-21.621.6
    55-5910.9-9.09.0
    60-649.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over5.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationCareers CounsellorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate37.7-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree26.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV10.9-21.121.1
    Year 129.1-18.118.1
    Year 111.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below2.0-12.512.5

    You usually need a certificate IV in career development or employment services to work as a Careers Counsellor. Careers Counsellors often have university qualifications.

    You will need to registered with the state or territory teaching board if you want to work in schools. Membership with The Australian Counselling Association may also be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • working with children check

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    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    Employers look for Counsellors who can communicate clearly and are caring and compassionate.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Therapy and Counseling

      90% Skill level

      Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

    2. Education and Training

      80% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    3. Psychology

      79% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    4. Customer and Personal Service

      75% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    5. English Language

      69% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    1. Electronic Mail

      100% Important

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    2. Telephone

      100% Important

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    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      98% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Letters and Memos

      92% Important

      How often do you write letters and memos?

    5. Contact With Others

      91% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 21-1012.00 - Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors.

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