Education Administrators, Postsecondary

General Information

Description

Plan, direct, or coordinate research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities at postsecondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
  • Junior Colleges
  • Technical and Trade Schools

Job Outlook

Employment of postsecondary education administrators is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected because of increasing student enrollment in colleges and universities. People will continue to seek postsecondary education to accomplish their career goals. As more people enter colleges and universities, more postsecondary education administrators will be needed to serve the needs of these additional students. Additional admissions officers will be needed to process students’ applications. More registrars will be needed to direct student registration for classes and ensure that they meet graduation requirements. More student affairs workers will be needed to make housing assignments and plan events for students. Provosts and academic dean positions will be limited, since there is typically a set number of these positions per institution. Despite expected increases in enrollment, employment growth in public colleges and universities will depend on state and local government budgets. If there is a budget deficit, postsecondary institutions may lay off employees, including administrators. If there is a budget surplus, postsecondary institutions may hire more employees.

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Salary

State-by-state Salary

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$130,650
$51,670
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 47%
  • Doctoral degree 37%
  • Bachelor's degree 7%
  • Post-doctoral training 7%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Psychology
  • Administration and Management

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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