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Career Counselors

Career Counselors - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, school counselors:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • 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.

Work Performance

  • 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.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.