In a typical work setting, school counselors:
- Have a high level of social interaction. They work closely with students, teachers, and other professionals.
- Are often placed in conflict situations with parents and students.
- Often deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals.
- Are responsible for work outcomes and results of coworkers.
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- Communicate with students, teachers, and other professionals daily by telephone, e-mail, or in person.
- Write letters and memos on a daily basis.
- Sometimes speak in front of large groups of people.
- Work in a group or as part of a team.
- May on occasion deal with students who may become physically violent.
Physical Work Conditions
- Always work indoors in schools and offices.
- Work somewhat close to other people, such as when sharing office space.
- Must complete their work accurately so that students receive the help they need.
- Must sometimes repeat the same mental activities.
- Often make decisions that affect students. They are able to make most decisions without talking to a supervisor.
- Are able to set most tasks and goals for the day without talking to a supervisor.
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- Must meet strict deadlines on a weekly basis.
- Generally have a set schedule each week. Most work 40 hours per week.
- May work nine months during the school year and have summers off.