Residence Counselor

Provide guidance services relative to problems of dormitory students.
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Salary Range
$32,000 – $86,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Residence Counselors do?

Provides individual and group guidance services relative to problems of scholastic, educational, and personal-social nature to dormitory students: Suggests remedial or corrective actions and assists students in making better adjustments and in planning intelligent life goals. Plans and directs program to orient new students and assists in their integration into campus life. Initiates and conducts group conferences to plan and discuss programs and policies related to assignment of quarters, social and recreational activities, and dormitory living. Supervises dormitory activities. Investigates reports of misconduct and attempts to resolve or eliminate causes of conflict. May interview all dormitory students to determine need for counseling.

Should I be a Residence Counselor?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Head Resident, Dormitory, Residential Substance Abuse Counselor

    How to become a Residence Counselor

    Most Residence Counselors have a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaab9a&chl=|||bachelor%27s+%282%25%29|master%27s+%2897%25%29|&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,97
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