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Although a bachelor’s degree may be acceptable for some entry-level positions, a master’s or higher degree is often required. Employers often want candidates who have experience working in the field, particularly for occupations such as registrars and academic deans.Education
Educational requirements vary for different positions. A bachelor’s degree may be sufficient, but a master’s degree or Ph.D. is generally required. Degrees can be in a variety of disciplines, such as social work, accounting, or marketing.
Provosts and deans often must have a Ph.D. Some provosts and deans begin their career as professors and later move into administration. These administrators have doctorates in the field in which they taught. Other provosts and deans have a Ph.D. in higher education or a related field.Work Experience in a Related Occupation
Employers typically prefer to hire candidates who have several years of experience in a college administrative setting. Some postsecondary education administrators work in the registrar’s office or as a resident assistant while in college to gain the necessary experience. For other positions, such as those in admissions and student affairs, experience may or may not be necessary.Important Qualities
Computer skills. Postsecondary education administrators often need to be adept at working with computers so they can create and maintain databases and use computer programs to manage student and school records.
Interpersonal skills. Postsecondary education administrators need to build good relationships with colleagues, students, and parents. Those in admissions and student affairs need to be outgoing so they can encourage prospective students to apply to the school and existing students to participate in cocurricular activities.
Organizational skills. Administrators need to be organized so they can manage records, prioritize tasks, and coordinate the activities with their staff.
Problem-solving skills. Administrators often need to respond to difficult situations, develop creative solutions to problems, and react calmly when problems arise.Advancement
Education administrators with advanced degrees can be promoted to higher level positions within their department or the college. Some become college presidents, an occupation which is discussed in the profile on top executives.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Associate Director of Admissions||University of Rochester||Rochester, NY||Jun 14, 2010||$90,000 -
|Associate Director of Admissions/Stem Recruiting||Yale University||New Haven, CT||Jul 27, 2016||$82,000|
|Associate Director of Admissions/Stem Recruiting||Yale University||New Haven, CT||Sep 01, 2014||$80,000|
|Associate Director of MBA Admissions||The College of William and Mary||Williamsburg, VA||Mar 25, 2016||$80,000|
|Associate Director of Admissions||Indiana University||Bloomington, IN||Aug 04, 2011||$79,500|
|Associate Director for Admissions||The King's College||New York, NY||Jan 30, 2013||$76,794 -
|Associate Director of Admissions||The King's College||New York, NY||Jan 30, 2013||$76,600|
|Associate Director of Admissions||The Hotchkiss School||Lakeville, CT||Aug 01, 2015||$68,150|
|Associate DIR. Admissions-Operations||The University of Akron||Akron, OH||Sep 19, 2015||$65,986|
|Associate Director Admissions-Operations||The University of Akron||Akron, OH||Sep 19, 2015||$65,986|
|Associate Director, International Admissions/Advis||Golden Gate University||San Francisco, CA||Oct 01, 2014||$65,780|
|Associate Director of Admissions and Systems||Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University||Daytona Beach, FL||Feb 14, 2015||$65,000|
|Associate Director of Admission||The President and Trustees of Williams College||Williamstown, MA||Dec 23, 2013||$65,000|
|Associate Director, International Admissions and Advising||Golden Gate University||San Francisco, CA||Oct 27, 2014||$64,780|
|Associate Director of Admissions||Long Island Business Institute||NY||Aug 28, 2015||$64,189|
|Associate Director of MBA Admissions||University of California, Los Angeles||Los Angeles, CA||Jun 21, 2012||$62,004|
|Associate Director of International Admissions||Hebron Academy, Inc.||Hebron, ME||Mar 15, 2016||$61,240|
|Associate Director of Admissions||Depauw University||Greencastle, IN||Feb 03, 2010||$56,930|
|Associate Director of Admissions||The President and Trustees of Williams College||Williamstown, MA||Jul 01, 2012||$56,375|
|Associate Director of Admissions||Hult International Business School||San Francisco, CA||Mar 20, 2015||$56,243|
|Associate Director of Admissions||Hult International Business School||San Francisco, CA||Jun 01, 2015||$56,243|
|Associate Director, International Admissions||Hawaii Pacific University||Urban Honolulu, HI||Jan 01, 2013||$55,910 -
|Associate Director, Admissions and Recruitment||Vanderbilt University||Nashville, TN||Jul 01, 2012||$52,500|
|Associate Director of Admissions, International Recruitment||Cornell College||Mount Vernon, IA||Jul 06, 2015||$51,147|
|Associate Director of Admission, International Recruitment||Cornell College||Mount Vernon, IA||Jul 06, 2015||$51,147|
|Associate Director of International Admissions||Hawaii Pacific University||Urban Honolulu, HI||Mar 16, 2011||$49,858|
|Associate Director, Int'l Admissions, Public Relations||Hawaii Pacific University||Urban Honolulu, HI||May 21, 2016||$49,254 -
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