Career Counseling/Retention Specialists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Career counseling/retention specialists provide military personnel with consultation and guidance on career exploration by reviewing their interests, education, strengths, and abilities. They support the development and implementation of career information programs and they are responsible for collecting and analyzing retention and attrition data. They provide service members with guidance and motivation in maximizing their career potential, and they provide counseling to transitioning or retiring personnel.

Work Environment

Career counseling/retention specialists work in local recruiting offices, on high school campuses and career centers, and in local communities.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Employment Services
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises
  • Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Career Counseling/Retention Specialists in the Military

11,203

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Salary

Average Salary

$72,417

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 46%
  • Master's degree 24%
  • High school 13%
  • Associate's degree 7%
  • Some college 4%
  • Post baccalaureate 1%
  • Post-secondary certificate 1%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training.  Career counseling/retention specialists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience.

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Knowledge

  • Clerical
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Administration and Management
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Computers and Electronics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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