Careers Adviser

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Careers advisers help people to make realistic and well-informed career decisions and plans. They also help people to develop career management skills.

The Work

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The figures below are only an example. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Trainee careers advisers working for Skills Development Scotland (SDS) start on around £22,000 a year. Qualified careers advisers earn £33,452 to £39,643 a year.

Other careers advisers may earn from around £26,000 to £35,000. Careers advisers in higher education may earn from £33,500 up to around £39,000 a year. Experienced or senior advisers can earn up to around £45,000 a year.


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Getting In

There are two main ways to qualify as a careers adviser: through higher education or work based study.

Most careers advisers in Scotland work for Skills Development Scotland (SDS). However, it is possible to find work in other settings including: college and university careers advisory services, community based employability services or projects, the voluntary sector or independent career development agencies.

What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You should have:


Getting On

More Information

The professional body for careers advisers, the Career Development Institute (CDI) has a Register of Career Development Professionals. If you are on the register it will indicate that you have reached a certain professional standard with the level of qualifications and experience that you have gained. See the CDI website for more details.



The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)
Tel: 0114 251 5750
Twitter: @AGCAS

AGCAS is the professional association of careers advisers in universities and other higher education institutions.

Career Development Institute (CDI)
Tel: 01384 376464
Twitter: @theCDI

Skills Development Scotland
Tel: 0800 917 8000
Twitter: @skillsdevscot

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