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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.
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Hispanic or Latino8.6%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix14.7%
Nova Southeastern University8.4%
Grand Canyon University8.0%
George Mason University4.1%
George Washington University3.9%
Florida State University3.9%
University of North Texas3.7%
University of South Florida3.5%
University of Houston3.5%
University of Illinois at Chicago3.5%
University of Texas at Arlington3.3%
Michigan State University3.1%
Arizona State University3.1%
Georgia State University3.1%
University of Georgia2.9%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Chair, Department of Neurology||Creighton University||Omaha, NE||Oct 25, 2010||$350,000|
|Professor & Department Chair||University of Florida||Gainesville, FL||Oct 07, 2011||$225,000|
|Professor and Department Chair||University of Utah||Salt Lake City, UT||Jan 08, 2016||$210,000|
|Professor and Department Chair||The Ohio University||Athens, OH||Jan 13, 2014||$155,000|
|Department Chair, Clinical Psychology||Adler School of Professional Psychology||Chicago, IL||Aug 13, 2013||$144,200|
|Department Chair, Clinical Psychology||Adler School of Professional Psychology||Chicago, IL||Jul 31, 2011||$140,000|
|Professor and Department Chair||Old Dominion University||Norfolk, VA||Jul 25, 2011||$140,000|
|Department Chair||Syracuse University||Syracuse, NY||Jul 01, 2013||$122,000|
|Department Chair||Florida Atlantic University||Boca Raton, FL||Jul 01, 2013||$110,000|
|Assistant Chair-Voice Department||Berklee College of Music||Boston, MA||Aug 03, 2015||$110,000|
|Department Chair and Professor of English||Chapman University||Orange, CA||May 31, 2011||$110,000|
|Fashion Design Department Chair||College for Creative Studies||Detroit, MI||Oct 01, 2015||$105,000 -
|Professor & Department Chair||University of Arkansas at Little Rock||Little Rock, AR||Jul 01, 2010||$99,000|
|Dance Department Chair||Cornish College of The Arts||Seattle, WA||Dec 01, 2015||$95,000|
|Chair of The Audio Arts and Acoustics Department||Columbia College Chicago||Chicago, IL||Jan 06, 2016||$90,000|
|Math Department Chairperson||Mdyhs Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 01, 2014||$77,753|
|Language Department Chair||Peddie School||Hightstown, NJ||Mar 23, 2016||$77,090|
|Math Teacher/Department Chair||The Birch Wathen Lenox School, Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 12, 2016||$75,369|
|Language Department Chair||The Peddie School||Hightstown, NJ||Sep 01, 2014||$69,263|
|Chair of The Piano Department||International School of Music, LLC||Bethesda, MD||Apr 09, 2015||$65,936|
|Department Chair||Holy Spirit Preparatory||Atlanta, GA||Feb 13, 2011||$65,430|
|Department Chair||Holy Spirit Preparatory||Atlanta, GA||Jul 18, 2011||$65,430|
|Latin Teacher, Department Chair||Landon School Corporation||Bethesda, MD||Aug 22, 2009||$65,362|
|Department Chair, Arts, CAS Coordinator||EF International Academy, Inc.||Tarrytown, NY||Jun 04, 2012||$65,000|
|Math Department Chair||Cosmos Foundation, Inc.||Brownsville, TX||Jun 07, 2011||$59,460|
|English Teacher-Department Chair||Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy||Colorado Springs, CO||Jun 05, 2016||$52,112|
|English Teacher-Department Chair||Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy||Colorado Springs, CO||May 21, 2016||$52,112|
|Piano Department Chair||International School of Music, LLC||Bethesda, MD||Sep 15, 2012||$51,915|
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