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Educational counsellors advise current and prospective students on educational issues, career planning and personal development and co-ordinate the provision of counselling services to students, parents, teachers, faculty and staff. They are employed by school boards, universities and colleges, technical institutes, correctional facilities and government agencies.
academic counsellor, educational counsellor, guidance counsellor, school counsellor, student counsellor.
- Counsel students regarding educational issues such as course and program selection, time tables and scheduling, school adjustment, attendance problems and study skills
- Counsel students regarding career or vocational issues including career exploration and planning, résumé preparation, job interview skills and job search strategies and make available to them a wide range of educational and occupational information
- Counsel students regarding personal and social issues such as substance abuse, depression, sexuality, eating disorders, anxiety, self-esteem, family problems, relationship and interpersonal skills and anger management
- Counsel students in crisis situations such as dealing with the death of a friend or family member, suicidal tendencies and abuse situations
- Consult with teachers and parents or faculty and other professionals such as psychologists, speech therapists and social workers regarding various issues and concerns, and with administrators and community agencies regarding programs and referrals
- Co-ordinate co-op and school-to-work transition programs, and the provision of counselling and information services to students, parents, teachers, faculty and staff such as career information services, professional development sessions and interactions with other educational institutions
- Supervise peer counselling programs in school settings
- Administer and interpret standardized intelligence, personality, vocational, aptitude and interest tests
- Develop and co-ordinate study skills groups or workshops in colleges and universities on topics such as note-taking, test or examination anxiety and preparation strategies and time management skills
- Co-ordinate or participate in student orientation programs in colleges or universities
- Arrange for employers to recruit graduating college and university students, and students for co-op education work terms
- Visit colleges and secondary schools to provide academic information to prospective students, their parents and educational counsellors
- May supervise field experience for graduate students in counselling
- May teach regular classes.
Outlook & Prospects for Educational Counsellors in Laurentides Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
National Outlook – 10-Year Projection (2011-2020)
This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2011-2020 period.
Note: The tables, graphs and middle paragraph shown under this section display updated 2011-2020 projection results. The remaining narrative text (2009-2018 projections) will be updated shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The data in the following table are derived from HRSDC’s Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). COPS uses a variety of models to produce a detailed 10-year labour market projection per broad skill level and per occupation at the national level, which focuses on the trends of labour supply and labour demand over the next ten years.
This occupation (Educational Counsellors) is part of a larger occupational group called Secondary and Elementary School Teachers and Educational Counsellors (NOC 414).
|Occupations in this group||
Secondary School Teachers (4141)
Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers (4142)
Educational Counsellors (4143)
|Employment (non-student) in 2010||445,896|
|Median Age of workers in 2010||41|
|Average Retirement Age in 2010||58|
Occupation Projection for Canada
Over the 2008-2010 period, employment in this occupation increased slightly, while the unemployment rate grew, but much less quickly than the average. The average hourly wage increased more quickly than for other occupations. According to key labour market indicators, the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupation.
Over the 2011-2020 period, an occupation will be in excess demand (a shortage of workers) if the projected number of job openings is significantly greater than the projected number of job seekers. An occupation will be in excess supply (a surplus of workers) if the projected number of job openings is smaller than the projected number of job seekers. For Secondary And Elementary School Teachers And Counsellors, over the 2011-2020 period, job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 156,240 and 147,254 job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill the job openings.
Based on these projections and considering that labour supply and demand were recently balanced for this occupation, it is expected that the number of job seekers will be sufficient to fill the job openings over the 2011-2020 period. The number of job openings is expected to decrease significantly in the coming years because of a considerable slowdown in employment growth. The number of students going to elementary and high schools should remain stable, which will limit the need for new teaching positions. Job openings will therefore arise from the need to replace workers who retire. In fact, nearly 70% of job openings will be the result of retirements. With regard to labour supply, the majority of job seekers will come from the school system. However, many workers will leave this occupation for another over the projection period. It is thought that some workers leave this occupation because of the difficult working conditions, especially at the beginning of their careers.
This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.
|Other Replacement Demand||10,103||6%|
|Projected Job Openings||156,240||100%|
|Projected Job Seekers||147,254||100%|
In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?
This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.
|Industry / Sector||%|
|Health care and social assistance||2.60|
What percentage of people in this occupation are self-employed?
The graph displays the percentage of people in this occupation who are “self-employed”, according to the 2006 Census, in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.
As shown in the graph, according to the 2006 Census, 2% of people in this occupation were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 12%.
The data from the Labour Force Survey (2009) regarding self-employment for this group are not sufficiently reliable to be published.
What proportion of men and women work in this occupation?
The graph displays the proportion of men and women in this occupation in comparison to the Canadian average across all occupations.
According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), women represented 80% of workers in this occupation, compared to the average of 48% for all occupations.
What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?
This occupation (Educational Counsellors) is part of a larger group called Secondary and Elementary School Teachers and Educational Counsellors (NOC 414). According to the Labour Force Survey (2009), the unionization rate for this group was 88%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 31%.
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