Education & Training

Careers Advisor

Careers advisors help others make decisions about their education. They also help with training and work options.

  • Entry-level education

    VET qualification

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Careers Advisor do?

Careers advisors help others make decisions about their education. They also help with training and work options.


Work activities

As a careers advisor you could help people:

  • assess their abilities, interests and achievements
  • find learning and work opportunities
  • use careers information and resources
  • make decisions that suit their life and their circumstances
  • look at available training and work options
  • make a plan of action for achieving their aims, and give them support as they carry it out.

Your work would also include:

  • developing working relationships with employers, colleges, universities and training providers
  • keeping up to date with occupational and labour market information
  • giving talks and leading discussions
  • updating records and completing other administration.

Key skills and interests

To become a careers advisor, you would need:

  • the ability to develop working relationships with a wide range of people
  • good listening and questioning skills
  • the ability to research information and explain it clearly
  • organisational and time-management skills
  • the ability to work under pressure and meet targets
  • self-confidence in group situations.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

You would usually work standard hours, Monday to Friday, perhaps with some evening work.


You could work at a range of locations, including schools, colleges, universities, and job and advice centres. Your job could include a lot of local travel.

You may work in conjunction with, or consult with other agencies, and pass on referrals where necessary.


How to become an Careers Advisor?

Entry Level Education

To become a careers advisor you usually have to complete a VET qualification in career development. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a degree in an area such as education, human resource management or psychology, followed by a postgraduate qualification in career development. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

To work in schools, you must obtain the equivalent of a Working with Children check. A National Police Certificate may also be required.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of careers advisors is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.

While overall employment growth is expected due to increasing school enrolments, hiring may be limited, due to slow growth—or decline—in education funding from state governments. Rising student enrolments are expected to increase demand for career advisers.

Demand for careers advisors is projected to increase in vocational / employment rehabilitation organisations and in private practice. Careers advisors will be needed to assist career changers and to help unemployed workers.


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