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Educational Planner: Job Info & Career Requirements

Educational planners help steer students through the complicated world of academia in pursuit of their career goals. Read on to learn about required education, training, salary and career prospects to decide if this job is right for you.

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Career Definition for an Education Planner

Educational planners respond to the questions that students frequently have as to what classes they need to take, how to obtain financial aid, what is needed for graduate school, and more. In all these areas, educational planners are the ones with the answers. Most schools require that educational planners have at least a bachelor's degree in a related field, and some may require a Certified Educational Planner designation for employees in this position.

Education Bachelor's or master's degree in education or psychology recommended
Job Skills Empathy, communication, organization
Median Salary (2015)* $53,660 (for educational, guidance, school and vocational counselors)
Job Growth (2014-2024)* 8% (for school and career counselors)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

There is no set path for becoming an educational planner; however, most who work in the field have degrees in either education or psychology. Those who are interested in studying education can expect to take a host of liberal arts courses in addition to specialized classes in the major; students who choose psychology as a major will have more science classes. In addition to getting a bachelor's or master's degree in a related field, educational planners may want to obtain a Certified Educational Planner designation. In order to do so, candidates must have several years' worth of experience and must pass a test that examines both professional and institutional knowledge.

Skills Required

Educational planners must have a strong sense of empathy to succeed in the position; many students have difficult problems and often have nowhere else to turn. Helping students find the right solutions to their issues requires an educational planner to be well organized. Strong communication skills are a necessity for these professionals who frequently write and speak to a wide array of individuals.

Career and Economic Outlook

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that roughly 253,460 jobs existed for school and career counselors as of 2015. The BLS also states that a job growth of 8% is expected for this career from 2014 to 2024. As of May 2015, the annual median salary earned by educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors was reported as $53,660 by the BLS.

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Alternate Career Options

You can also look into these career options in counseling and teaching:

High School Teacher

A high school teacher provides subject-oriented instruction (such as in math or English) to students in grades 9-12. He or she also helps students prepare for college or employment after they graduate from high school. High school teachers develop and deliver lessons per the curriculum, give assignments and exams, and participate in supervisory duties as required, such as lunchroom monitoring. High school teachers work closely with students to help them excel; they also work closely with other teachers, school administrators, and parents to support student learning.

Employment in public schools typically requires a bachelor's degree in the subject an educator wants to teach in, plus an exam-based state teaching license and certification. Some states require teachers to earn a master's degree within a specified time frame. Private school teachers may be exempt from these regulations. The BLS reports that jobs in this field are expected to increase 6% from 2014-2024, and that high school teachers earned median pay of $57,200 in 2015.

Rehabilitation Counselor

A rehabilitation counselor helps clients who are affected by mental, physical, emotional or social conditions to maintain or increase their ability to live and work as independently as possible. Rehabilitation counselors can work with others on a client's health care team to develop a plan of action, including steps such as getting career training or counseling for those clients who are adjusting to age-related physical limitations.

Employers typically require a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling. Some jobs require licensure, which generally is earned by a combination of graduate education, work experience, and an exam. Rehabilitation counselors can also earn the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) credential, again through education, experience, and testing. The BLS predicts that jobs for rehabilitation counselors will increase 9% from 2014-2024. The median pay rate for this career was $34,390 in 2015, with salary varying by industry.

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