Student Advisor

Student advisors give students information and advice about personal issues, educational issues, career planning or personal development.

NOC Code: 4033

Job Duties

Student advisors work with elementary and secondary students. You give students information and advice about personal issues, educational issues, career planning or personal development. You may also provide counselling services to parents, teachers, faculty and staff of educational institutions. You may work for school boards, correctional facilities or government agencies. You may also be called a guidance counsellor.

Generally, student advisors:

  • Help students with timetables and scheduling, school adjustment, attendance problems and study skills.
  • Help students with personal and social issues.
  • Talk to teachers, parents and other professionals such as psychologists, speech therapists and social workers about different issues and concerns.
  • Refer students to community agencies or other professionals, as needed.
  • Coordinate co-operative work placements and school-to-work transition programs.
  • Administer standardized intelligence, personality, vocational, aptitude and interest tests, and analyze the results.
  • Develop and coordinate study skills groups or workshops on topics such as note-taking, test or examination anxiety and preparation strategies and time management skills.
  • Counsel student crisis situations such as dealing with the death of a friend, or family member, suicidal tendencies and abuse situations.
  • May supervise peer counselling programs in school settings
  • May teach regular classes

Source: Government of Canada

Job Requirements


This job requires: College or University

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobLevel of Education Required
College InstructorPost-Graduate
Early Childhood Educator AssistantCollege or University
Student AdvisorCollege or University
Private TutorCollege or University


This job requires 2 - 5 years of work experience.

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobYears of Work Experience Required
College Instructor2 - 5
Early Childhood Educator Assistant0 - 2
Student Advisor2 - 5
Private Tutor2 - 5

Source: Government of Canada

Essential Skills

As a student advisor, you need to:

  • Speak, read and write English.
  • Have excellent listening, questioning and assessment skills.
  • Use assessment tools to find out students' aptitudes, skills and interests.
  • Use word processing, database, spreadsheet, presentation, internet and email software.
  • Be empathetic, non-judgmental, and have a positive attitude.

Source: Ontario Skills Passport

Language Skills

You need to communicate in person and in writing with students and co-workers. You need to build relationships with students. For some positions, you need excellent oral presentation skills.

Labour Market Information


The demand for student advisors is affected by educational policy, funding for education, and enrollment.


The work prospects for this job are: FAIR

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobWork Prospects
College InstructorFair
Early Childhood Educator AssistantGood
Student AdvisorFair
Private TutorNo Data


The average hourly wage for this job is: C$30/hour.

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobAverage Wage/Hour
College Instructor$32.31
Early Childhood Educator Assistant$16.41
Student Advisor$30.00
Private Tutor$0.00

Source: Job Bank


Educational Programs

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Bridging Programs

Here is a list of some bridging programs. These programs can help you assess your education and skills, get practical training or improve your language skills so that you can work in your field.

Language Training

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Work Experience Programs

Some college programs in this field include co-operative (co-op) work experience.

Voluntary Membership Opportunities

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