£15,600 Average salary at age 20
£31,720 Average Salary
38 Average hours per week


Job holders in this unit group give advice on careers or occupations, training courses and related matters, direct school leavers and other job seekers into employment and assess their progress.

Main Tasks

  • Uses an interview, questionnaire and/or psychological or other test to determine the aptitude, preferences and temperament of the client;
  • Advises on appropriate courses of study or avenues into employment;
  • Visits educational and other establishments to give talks and distribute information regarding careers;
  • Liaises with employers to determine employment opportunities and advises schools, colleges or individuals accordingly;
  • Organises careers forums and exhibitions and establishes and maintains contact with local employers, colleges and training providers;
  • Monitors progress and welfare of young people in employment and advises them on any difficulties.


Entrants often possess a degree, an approved diploma or equivalent qualification. Professional training towards the Qualification in Careers Guidance consists of a one-year full-time course followed by a one-year probationary period of on-the-job training. NVQs/SVQs in Advice and Guidance at Levels 3 and 4 are available. Those working with young people or vulnerable adults will require CRB clearance.

What Careers advisers and vocational guidance specialists studied in higher education

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What Careers advisers and vocational guidance specialists studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L4) Social policy1
(L7) Human & social geography2
(W2) Design studies1
(L3) Sociology6
(C1) Biology2
(H3) Mechanical engineering1
(C8) Psychology9
(W1) Fine art1
(D2) Clinical veterinary medicine & dentistry1
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(W3) Music1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(R9) Others in European languages, literature & related subjects1
(A3) Clinical medicine1
(Q3) English studies4
(L2) Politics4
(H1) General engineering1
(R4) Spanish studies1
(R1) French studies1
(N5) Marketing3
(W4) Drama2
(M1) Law by area1
(M2) Law by topic1
(I2) Information systems1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport2
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(I3) Software engineering1
(N6) Human resource management2
(L1) Economics1
(N1) Business studies7
(X3) Academic studies in education2
(L5) Social work22
(V6) Theology & religious studies1
(X1) Training teachers3
(C6) Sport & exercise science2
(C3) Zoology1
(P3) Media studies2
(N2) Management studies4
(V1) History by period2
(I1) Computer science2

UK Prospects

45200 Workforce Size
2.85% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
3968 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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