In a typical work setting, financial counselors:
- Have a high amount of contact with clients or students. Communicate with others by telephone, e-mail, and in person daily. Occasionally write letters and memos.
- Are moderately responsible for the work done by others.
- Often work as part of a team or in a group.
Physical Work Conditions
- Usually work indoors.
- Must be exact in their work. Errors could cause students to get too little aid or clients to go deeper into debt.
- Repeat the same mental tasks.
- Make decisions on a daily basis that greatly impact clients, their coworkers, and employer's reputation.
- May seek advice from others, but usually act independently.
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- Set most of their daily tasks and goals without consulting another first.
- Work in a highly competitive atmosphere where daily and weekly deadlines must be met.
- Usually work 40 hours a week or more.
- May work nights and weekends to meet with clients, if working as a consumer credit counselor.
- May travel throughout the county or state, if working as a consumer credit counselor.