SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Ok, so I know I enjoy helping others. I love being a positive influence on others and helping out. In short, I am looking to be a guidance counselor (maybe teacher) or school psychologist (I know these are different) and maybe work on opening my own practice on the side. So, I have simple questions. What degrees should I look for (bachelors and masters) for guidance counseling in a highschool setting and above (community college). Is there the option of teaching at a community college with said degree? Can I work in my own practice with said degree? What is average starting salary for guidance counseling/counseling? I enjoy every aspect of what I know about counseling... most of all I want to help young adults/teenagers and show they they can make something of themselves. Starting salary for teachers here in Texas is 47k... so I hope its higher in Texas... but I don't plan on staying in Texas. Any help is much appreciated!