Question: Going to college....... to help people with college?!?
I have a new profound love; the college search.
I haven't even begun my junior year and i am fascinated by all sorts of colleges.
I already know where I want to go, and I have been taking my friends (who were at one point hopeless) and steered them in the right direction. Im really good at it , and i love it! I know there are jobs for people who guide kids in the right direction.
With that said, I have three (well kind of 4) questions.
1.) What is the name of this job?
2.) What type of degree should I get for this (two answers; one for undergrad, one for graduate.)
3.) Do people who do this job make a lot of money? Average salary??
First person to answer all 3 gets top answer; GO!
1. Guidance/School/Educational Counselor
2. Master's in school/educational counseling. As an undergraduate, major in something relevant (education, psychology, sociology, human development/family studies, social work, ...) and take at least some counseling courses (e.g. a counseling minor). You will need to have a high undergraduate GPA and good letters of recommendation to get into graduate school.
3. About $60K per academic year. May have summers off.
Going to college isn't necessarily "the right direction". I know your teachers and parents told you that you have to go to college to be successful, but that isn't true. You don't have to go to college to be successful.
College is a huge gamble. When you go to college, you're basically gambling either the government's or a private corporation's money. A lot of people go to college, get a worthless degree, and then find themselves in 25 or 50 thousand in debt that they can't pay off because they can't find a decent job.
Salaries are from 27K to 63K, the mean is probably around 40K.