Education Administrators, Postsecondary

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What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Academic Affairs Dean, Academic Affairs Director, Academic Affairs Vice President, Academic Dean, Academic Department Chair, Academic Vice President, Administration Dean, Admissions Dean, Admissions Director, Arts and Sciences Dean, Business Dean, Campus Dean, Campus Director, Chancellor, College Dean, College of Education Dean, College President, Continuing Education Dean, Continuing Education Director, Dean, Development Director, Division Chair, Division Director, Education Dean, Education Director, Enrollment Management Vice President, Enrollment Services Dean, Enrollment Services Vice President, Extension Division Director, Faculty Dean, Financial Aid Director, Graduate Studies Dean, Health Sciences Dean, Institutional Research Director, Instruction Dean, Instruction Vice President, Provost, Registrar, Student Activities Director, Student Affairs Dean, Student Affairs Vice President, Student Development Dean, Student Life Dean, Student Services Dean, Student Services Director, Student Services Vice President, Students Dean, University President

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Education Administrators, Postsecondary in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Education Administrators, Postsecondary is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • 7%

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  • 16,800

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Education Administrators, Postsecondary:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (14.2%)
  • Master's degree (43.1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (24.7%)
  • Associate's degree (4.9%)
  • Some college, no degree (7.5%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (4.8%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.8%)

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Colleges that Prepare

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Direct administrative or support services.
  • Evaluate employee performance.
  • Manage human resources activities.
  • Develop educational goals, standards, policies, or procedures.
  • Recommend organizational process or policy changes.
  • Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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