Some of the skills we found on program administrator resumes included "procedures," "project management," and "customer service." We have detailed the most important program administrator responsibilities below.
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a program administrator. We found that 64.0% of program administrators have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 17.4% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While most program administrators have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every eight program administrators were not college graduates.
Those program administrators who do attend college, typically earn either business degrees or psychology degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for program administrators include social work degrees or criminal justice degrees.
Once you're ready to become a program administrator, you should explore the companies that typically hire program administrators. According to program administrator resumes that we searched through, program administrators are hired the most by Anthem, Capstone Logistics, and Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Currently, Anthem has 12 program administrator job openings, while there are 12 at Capstone Logistics and 5 at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, program administrators tend to earn the biggest salaries at Fresenius Medical Care North America Holdings Limited Partnership, Agilent Technologies, and Cooper University Health Care. Take Fresenius Medical Care North America Holdings Limited Partnership for example. The median program administrator salary is $85,755. At Agilent Technologies, program administrators earn an average of $80,305, while the average at Cooper University Health Care is $79,983. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
For the most part, program administrators make their living in the education and non profits industries. Program administrators tend to make the most in the manufacturing industry with an average salary of $71,468. The program administrator annual salary in the health care and technology industries generally make $70,499 and $66,280 respectively. Additionally, program administrators who work in the manufacturing industry make 38.5% more than program administrators in the education Industry.