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Career Advisor Salary

A Career Advisor earns an average salary of $41,414 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. A skill in Program Development is associated with high pay for this job.

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Job Description for Career Advisor

Career advisors help students and/or other job seekers find opportunities and training to secure employment within their chosen field. They help clients find the right career choices by analyzing their skills, interests, and mental and physical aptitudes for various professions. Career advisors also help their clients perfect job hunting techniques, create effective resumes, and develop interview skills.


Career advisors usually work at career counseling agencies, high schools and college campuses. Although they usually work independently, junior career advisors also sometimes seek the guidance of senior career advisors to better help their clients make solid, life-long career choices. A typical day for a career advisor usually entails meeting with new clients to begin initial assessment interviews and tests. They also follow-up with existing clients to assess their job seeking, resume writing, and interview progress. The rest of their days is usually spent maintaining client records, conducting career-related seminars, and meeting with local businesses which have one or more job openings within their organizations. Career advisors also participate in continuing education classes and seminars that keep them up to date with their industry's practices and procedures.

Career advisors generally hold a bachelor's or master's degree in a field such as human resources, social work, psychology, or business. Some career advisors have work histories within specialized fields such as medicine, law, military relations, or engineering. These types of career advisors often also function as recruiters for governmental, private, or public organizations that seek individuals for industry-specific positions.

Career Advisor Tasks

  • Counsel students on career planning and job search strategies while facilitating the creation of viable long-term career goals.
  • Arrange job fairs, seminars, and lectures that will connect students to companies and provide valuable information regarding future career options.
  • Maintain relationships with

    local employers in order to create links between students and companies that can lead to eventual employment or internship opportunities.

  • Conduct mock interviews and assist students with the creation of resumes and cover letters.

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Pay by Experience Level for Career Advisor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Career Advisor Reviews

What is it like working as a Career Advisor?

Career Advisor in Hillsboro:

"Set your own schedule, independent work, out of office,"

Pros: I get to help adults with disabilities find jobs.

Cons: I have to manage a very diverse base of clients with multiple mental or physical barriers. It is very stressful and requires a lot of flexibility in scheduling appointments and tracking client progress. I have to be a cheerleader and mother hen.... Sometimes even a little bit of Tough Love comes into play when a client is having trouble focusing on the task. I am also the link between the employment community and my clients. I have to keep up on job openings and make sure that job applications are finished correctly.

Career Advisor in Roanoke:

Pros: Direct interaction with students and the ability to see the "light bulb go off." I enjoy working in the higher education environment.

Cons: Some politics/bureaucracy which can be true in any organization. Limited scope to my function with students.

Key Stats for Career Advisor

Experience Affects Career Advisor Salaries


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Skills That Affect Career Advisor Salaries

Program Development

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Community Outreach / Activism

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Event Planning

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Public Speaking

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Oral / Verbal Communication

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Case Management

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.


Years of Experience


Common Health Benefits

vision benefits

Vision: 65%

dental benefits

None: 12%

Category: Advisor

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