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ERIC Number: ED414554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A National Survey of Future Need for School Counselors.
Vaught, Claire Cole
Little specific information exists on the number of school counselors needed in the United States for the next five to ten years. To gauge this need, the results of a 1996-1997 survey of all state-level departments of education are reported here. Information concerning the employment future for school counselors nation-wide is also offered, as are the results of a district-wide survey conducted in Virginia. The one-page survey for this study was mailed to the chief certification officer of the state department of education for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Results based on 39 returned surveys indicate that no accurate pool of information about the numbers of school counselors needed in the next 5 to 10 years seems to exist and few state departments of education have procedures in place to assess this need. Apparently, trends in some states, such as budget constraints and reductions in staff support positions, could decrease the number of counselors needed in the next several years. However, trends are also evident which may favorably affect employment opportunities of school counselors, such as increased funding for school counseling positions and legislative efforts to require elementary counselors. Implications and recommendations are provided. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia