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Guidance officer

What is it like to be a Guidance officer?

Guidance officers work in the education sector and work with a broad range of people including students, teachers and industry to provide a range of support services including:

  • providing career counselling and planning for students and their families about their career pathway
  • assisting students with work experience placements
  • liasing with, and providing advice to, teachers, employers and industry
  • supporting students with finding employment, job applications (resumes and applications) and interview skills
  • other titles for guidance counsellors include school counsellor, student counsellor, careers advisor, among many others
Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Where exact job data has not been available, data from a related field has been used. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Guidance officers are skilled at providing advice by being able to relate and having awareness of a wide range of client groups. As a guidance officer you will have a passion for motivating people and well defined listening skills.

  • Able to motivate and inspire people
  • Able to relate to a wide range of client groups
  • Good communication skills
  • Aptitude for counselling.

To become a Guidance officer

To be able to become a Guidance officer, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:


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