Educational Planner: Career and Salary Facts

Explore the career requirements for educational planners. Get the facts about education and licensure requirements, salary, and potential job growth to determine if this is the right career for you. Schools offering Education Curriculum & Instruction degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Is an Educational Planner?

Educational planners assist college-bound students as they map out their academic and career plans. This might entail walking students through the college admissions process, helping them find financial aid or working to decide which type of academic program will allow them to meet their career goals. Educational planners are expected to be familiar with the entire college admissions process and with the various resources that students can use to make informed decisions in choosing a major or finding the right faculty adviser.

Glance over the following chart to gain a better understanding of this profession, as well as typical skills, job outlook and earning potential.

Degree Required Master's degree
Education Field of Study Education
Certification Option American Institute of Certified Educational Planners certification
Key Skills Knowledge of colleges and testing, personable, clear communicator
Job Growth (2014-2024) 8% (for educational, guidance, school and vocational counselors)*
Average Salary (2015) $56,490 (for educational, guidance, school and vocational counselors)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Will I Do as an Educational Planner?

Your job duties include helping students choose college courses, decide on a major and register for classes. Much of your time is spent meeting with students one-on-one. You help students compare different degrees and figure out how many years it will take to finish a degree program. You go over degree requirements and high school transcripts with students to assure they are prepared to enter college. You also help students to find the right faculty advisor.

As an educational planner, you will also assist students who are transferring from another college by offering advice and information, providing assistance to get their schedule set up and preparing them to get started at their new school. You help make the transfer process as smooth as possible for the students you work with.

Your duties also include making sure students meet deadlines, find the resources they need, learn online registration procedures and understand special requirements for professional or technical programs.

What Requirements Must I Meet?

Employers usually want educational planners to have a master's degree in an educational field and related experience. You also need to:

  • Be able to work well with a diverse group of students
  • Have the ability to figure out student's needs
  • Understand the college admissions process
  • Be familiar with college testing
  • Be knowledgeable about college degree programs

You may also consider becoming certified through the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners (AICEP). To become certified, you must pass testing and a review to ensure you meet all the requirements of a professional educational planner as set by the AICEP (www.aicep.org).

What Is the Job Outlook and Earning Potential?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), educational, guidance, vocational and school counselors as a whole category had a mean annual salary of $56,490 as of May 2015 (www.bls.gov). Although statistics aren't provided for educational planners specifically, the BLS predicted job growth for the educational, guidance, vocational and school counselor category to be 8% from 2014 to 2024.

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

Other career opportunities in the counseling field include working as a mental health counselor or marriage and family therapist. These professionals help patients overcome their personal issues and relationship challenges through the use of therapeutic techniques designed to improve their mental and social well-being. If you prefer teaching, you can also pursue a career as a high school teacher. High school teachers provide their students with the academic knowledge and skills they'll need to succeed in college and in their chosen careers. While high school teachers need only a bachelor's degree, mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists must earn a master's degree. All of these professionals need a license to practice.

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