What does an Academic Counselor do?

Academic counselors assist college students with a broad range of academic matters. They help students select courses and ensure chosen classes conform with the recommended academic plan for the student’s major so the student will meet graduation requirements. In addition, academic counselors suggest educational options that support a student’s intended professional goals. Counselors often also provide tools or resources to help with challenges students may have that impact their ability to perform well academically.

Academic counselors typically have at least a bachelor’s degree, although some institutions require candidates for these positions to have a master’s degree. A background in higher education or advising is beneficial, and many academic counselors also have professional expertise that allow them to specialize in advising students in a particular area or discipline.

What responsibilities are common for Academic Counselor jobs?
  • Assess academic and career needs of students.
  • Responsible for the maintenance of information on the advising website.
  • Interact in a positive manner with staff, students and parents.
  • Organize information session, collect advisor bios, oversee student adviser selection process, and register students for sections.
  • Develop and implement an ongoing procedure and analysis for curriculum review, development, and/or revision as well as provide information needed for strategic planning.
  • Ensure college compliance with all accreditation and regulatory agencies.
What are the typical qualifications for Academic Counselor jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in business or computer science.
  • Well-versed in FAFSA processes and regulations.
  • Exhibit strong leadership and problem solving skills.
  • Strong command of English language and good communication skills.
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Academic Counselor Salaries

Average Base Pay

$56,339 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$35K
Median: $56K
$91K
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Academic Counselor Career Path

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Academic Counselor

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
62%
2 - 4
25%
5 - 7
3%
8+
10%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

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NYU (New York University)NYU (New York University)
College Advisor
Mar 17, 2022

“You get to work with students and see them grow and help them achieve great things”

Hatch (Singapore)Hatch (Singapore)
Undergraduate Student
Jan 9, 2022

“I enjoyed my time working here as everyone on the team made work enjoyable and very pleasant.”

BYJU'SBYJU'S
Academic Specialist - Teaching
Jan 26, 2022

“Day by day i am enhancing my skills and my seniors support is really very helpful.”

AppleApple
AHA College Advisor
Apr 12, 2022

“Amazing onboarding process and continuous training ensuring each advisor is prepared for any question which comes their way.”

Oda ClassOda Class
Academic Mentor
Nov 10, 2022

“The salary was good for a fresher and you get an experience of working in a startup.”

YMCAYMCA
After School Counselor
Jul 6, 2022

“You get to meet good people and will always have a chance to go back if you want to.”

University of WyomingUniversity of Wyoming
Senior Academic Advisor
Sept 6, 2022

“Pay is not the best considering the hours you have to work and the responsibilities.”

Ben-Gurion UniversityBen-Gurion University
Academic Assistance Coordinator
Aug 6, 2021

“Gives opportunities for personal development and the creation of a platform for acquiring new friends.”

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