Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors (21-1012)

Occupation description:  Counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 517526 1.719 3454
United States 291,700328,400 12.611,400 20,30035,370

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 28.1815.7020.33 26.6434.7344.21
Alaska 33.5719.4124.19 32.3841.7649.65
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 33.6318.1423.23 32.4042.2152.06
Fairbanks North Star Borough 28.9618.3521.28 26.4233.0346.99
Southeast Region 35.2921.4625.74 31.1643.4355.38
Balance of State 34.9822.1528.65 35.7442.5547.50

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
57340 7.049.4 37.2
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation120
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation59
UI claimants previously working in occupation13
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 381
Number of job position postings 50
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 7.6

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Master's degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Coun & Guid Spec Svs LIC
Coun and Guid K-8 GCERT
Coun and Guid 7-12 GCERT
Coun and Guid K-8, 7-12 GCERT
Counseling and Guidance MED
Counselor Education GCRT
Counselor Education MED
Teach Credential Counseling & Guidance GCRT
Teach Credential Counseling & Guidance LIC

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Guidance and Counseling GLI
Guidance and Counseling LIC
Guidance and Counseling MED