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)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 560587 4.83 1215
United States 273,400295,900 8.22,250 5,7207,970

Job outlook

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

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 27.7015.5820.02 26.2334.1043.28
Alaska 34.4420.0626.01 33.6042.6750.26
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 33.8119.5824.65 32.4641.8450.79
Fairbanks North Star Borough 37.9323.4728.69 37.2147.4456.02
Southeast Region 26.4416.4018.27 25.4231.2339.55
Balance of State 34.9523.8929.61 35.3541.3746.69

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
59642 7.049.6 36.3
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation120
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation67
UI claimants previously working in occupation17
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 361
Number of job position postings 68
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 5.3

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

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Counselor Education Lic
Counselor Education Mas

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Counseling Lic
Counseling Mas