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Postsecondary Education Administrators

Postsecondary Education Administrators
Quick Facts : Postsecondary Education Administrators*
2010 Median Pay$83,710
Entry Level EducationMaster's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012146,200
Job Outlook19% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change27,800

Postsecondary education administrators oversee student services, academics, and research at colleges and universities. Their responsibilities vary based on the area of the college they manage such as student life, admissions, or the office of the registrar. In addition, they often work with the financial aid department, which helps students determine if they are able to afford tuition.

What Postsecondary Education Administrators Do

  • Determine how many students to admit to fill the available spaces
  • Prepare promotional materials, such as brochures and videos, about the school
  • Meet with prospective students to discuss the school and encourage them to apply
  • Ensure that students meet graduation requirements
  • Prepare transcripts and diplomas for students

Work Environment

Postsecondary education administrators work in colleges, universities, community colleges, and technical and trade schools. Most work full time.
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Job Outlook

Employment of postsecondary education administrators is expected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020 as the number of people attending postsecondary school will increase as people seek additional education and skills to meet their career goals.
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The average salary for postsecondary education administrators in May 2010 was $83,710.
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Becoming a Postsecondary Education Administrators

For entry-level positions, a bachelor's degree may be sufficient. Degrees can be in a variety of disciplines, such as social work, accounting, or marketing. For higher level positions, a master's degree or doctorate is generally required. Provosts and deans often must have a Ph.D. Some provosts and deans begin their career as professors and later move into administration.
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