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MA/MS in School Counseling????
I am considering getting a Masters degree in School Counseling. I have always wanted to be a high school guidance counselor. I don't know if it is such a good idea though. So it wasn't until my junior year of college, I learned that most guidance counselors have an undergrad degree in education and have 2 years of teaching experience before becoming a guidance counselor. My undergrad major is psychology, and I don't plan on going into a "Transfer to Teaching" program to make up for not majoring in education.
I know it is possible for a non education major with no teaching experience to become a school guidance counselor....but will it be much harder for me to get a position with me not having that teaching experience?
Also, what is the overall job outlook? Is this even a good field to get into? I have heard people in the past say there are not a lot of positions open, but maybe that's not true. In the state I would like to settle down in after college, the average salary for a school counselor is about $48k. I don't know if that salary is even worth going to school for 6 years.
I feel like the cons outweigh the pros here. Advice please? I may go into a Masters program in Forensic Psychology instead. That is my second interest, and it pays more. Maybe it would be a better fit.