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Working As a Registrar

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $41,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Registrar Do

Postsecondary education administrators oversee student services, academics, and faculty research at colleges and universities. Their job duties vary depending on the area of the college they manage, such as admissions, the office of the registrar, or student affairs.

Duties

Postsecondary education administrators who work in admissions decide if potential students should be admitted to the school. They typically do the following:

  • Determine how many students to admit to the school
  • Meet with prospective students and encourage them to apply
  • Review applications to determine if each potential student should be admitted
  • Analyze data about applicants and admitted students
  • Prepare promotional materials about the school

Many admissions counselors are assigned a region of the country and travel to that region to speak to high school counselors and students.

Admissions officers often work with the financial aid department, which helps students determine if they are able to afford tuition and creates packages of federal and institutional financial aid, if necessary.

Postsecondary education administrators who work in the registrar’s office, sometimes called registrars, maintain student and course records. They typically do the following:

  • Schedule and register students for classes
  • Schedule space and times for classes
  • Ensure that students meet graduation requirements
  • Plan commencement ceremonies
  • Prepare transcripts and diplomas for students
  • Produce data about students and classes
  • Maintain the academic records of the institution

Registrars have different duties throughout the school year. Before students register for classes, registrars must prepare schedules and course offerings. During registration and for the beginning of the semester, they help students sign up for, drop, and add courses. Toward the end of the semester, they plan graduation and ensure that students meet the requirements to graduate. Registrars need computer skills to create and maintain databases.

Postsecondary education administrators who work in student affairs are responsible for a variety of cocurricular school functions, such as student athletics and activities. They typically do the following:

  • Advise students on topics such as housing issues, personal problems, or academics
  • Communicate with parents or guardians
  • Create, support, and assess nonacademic programs for students
  • Schedule programs and services, such as athletic events or recreational activities

Postsecondary education administrators in student affairs can specialize in student activities, housing and residential life, or multicultural affairs. In student activities, they plan events and advise student clubs and organizations. In housing and residential life, they assign students rooms and roommates, ensure that residential facilities are well maintained, and train student workers, such as residential advisers. Education administrators who specialize in multicultural affairs plan events to celebrate different cultures and diverse backgrounds. Sometimes, they manage multicultural centers on campus.

Postsecondary education administrators can be provosts or academic deans. Provosts, also called chief academic officers, help college presidents develop academic policies, participate in making faculty appointments and tenure decisions, and manage budgets. Academic deans direct and coordinate the activities of the individual colleges or schools. For example, in a large university, a dean may oversee the law school.

Education administrators’ duties depend on the size of their college or university. Small schools often have smaller staffs who take on many different responsibilities, but larger schools may have different offices for each of these functions. For example, at a small college, the Office of Student Life may oversee student athletics and other activities, whereas a large university may have an Athletics Department.

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How To Become A Registrar

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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Nursing Director
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Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Patient Access Representative Billing Specialist Administrator
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Patient Service Representative Patient Care Coordinator Office Manager
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Patient Service Representative Patient Care Coordinator Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Service Representative Patient Care Coordinator Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Coordinator Team Leader Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Coordinator Team Leader Account Manager
Client Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Coordinator Lead Teacher Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Assistant Case Manager Director Of Admissions
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Senior Sales Representative President
Commissioner
5 Yearsyrs
Consultant Controller Assistant Director Of Finance
Finance Aid Director
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Adjunct Instructor Associate Dean
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Specialist Human Resources Generalist Recruitment Manager
Assistant Director Of Admissions
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Associate Dean Academic Dean
Student Services Director
5 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Adjunct Instructor Department Chairperson
Academic Director
7 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Enrollment Specialist Enrollment Manager
Admissions Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$41,000
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$28,000
Min 10%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Geisinger Health Plan
Highest Paying City
West Islip, NY
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Registrar make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Registrar in the United States is $41,948 per year or $20 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $28,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $60,000.

Real Registrar Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Registrar Superior Career Institute Inc. Lauderhill, FL Sep 09, 2013 $82,520
University Registrar University of Montevallo Montevallo, AL Aug 01, 2011 $69,500
Assistant Registrar Utica College Utica, NY Mar 29, 2016 $64,147
Registrar Superior Career Institute Lauderdale Lakes, FL Oct 01, 2011 $62,610
Registrar Superior Career Institute Lauderdale Lakes, FL Oct 01, 2013 $62,610
Registrar Superior Career Institute Lauderhill, FL Oct 01, 2013 $62,610
Registrar Superior Career Institute Lauderdale Lakes, FL Sep 29, 2012 $62,610
Registrar Skarstedt Gallery Ltd. New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $60,000
Education Registrar Virginia International University Fairfax, VA May 01, 2010 $57,393
Registrar California University of Management and Sciences Arlington, VA Aug 07, 2015 $56,892
Registrar Micropower USA Corp New York, NY Nov 09, 2012 $56,871
Registrar Micropower USA Corp New York, NY Nov 12, 2009 $56,871 -
$27
Assistant Registrar New York Theological Seminary New York, NY Jun 30, 2011 $56,808
Curator and Financial Registrar TB Gallery LLC New York, NY Apr 30, 2014 $55,000
Registrar Peace Theological Seminary & College of Philosophy Los Angeles, CA Sep 15, 2016 $53,414
Chief Registrar Worcester Art Museum Worcester, MA Sep 01, 2014 $53,223 -
$66,529
Registrar Tabernacle Baptist Church Corporation Roseville, CA Oct 01, 2012 $51,361
Registrar Fremont College LLC Cerritos, CA Jul 01, 2014 $50,088
Assistant Registrar University of Northern Virginia Annandale, VA Oct 01, 2013 $49,000
Assistant University Registrar The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL Jun 01, 2010 $47,611
Assistant Registrar Bethune-Cookman University Daytona Beach, FL Jul 31, 2014 $47,586
Meeting Registrar Academy of Management Inc. Briarcliff Manor, NY Oct 14, 2009 $47,050
Assistant Registrar Bethune Cookman University Daytona Beach, FL Sep 15, 2015 $46,200
Registrar The University of Chicago Chicago, IL Feb 02, 2011 $45,890
Assistant Registrar Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA Jan 12, 2016 $45,361

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Top Skills for A Registrar

  1. Insurance Companies
  2. Student Records
  3. Emergency Room
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Verify insurance through Passport and OneSource and calling insurance companies to verify benefits and confirm for authorization.
  • Provided assistance enrolling students, performed all clerical duties, maintained confidentiality of student records and provided customer service to parents.
  • Registered and entered patient information into computerized systems accurately for the out patient admitting and the emergency room.
  • Excelled in delivery of customer service to diverse patient population; greeting patients enthusiastically and fostered atmosphere of caring and professionalism.
  • Completed bookkeeping duties, such as credits and collections, prepared and sent financial statements and bills.

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Top 10 Best States for Registrars

  1. Alaska
  2. New York
  3. North Dakota
  4. Pennsylvania
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Connecticut
  7. Oregon
  8. Washington
  9. Maine
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Registrar Demographics

Gender

Female

72.2%

Male

15.6%

Unknown

12.2%
Ethnicity

White

59.8%

Hispanic or Latino

17.9%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

6.9%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.9%

French

6.9%

Italian

2.8%

Chinese

2.8%

Portuguese

2.3%

Mandarin

2.1%

German

2.1%

Arabic

1.8%

Japanese

1.5%

Russian

1.3%

Korean

1.2%

Hindi

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Greek

0.7%

Urdu

0.7%

Hebrew

0.6%

Turkish

0.5%

Cantonese

0.5%

Tagalog

0.5%

Polish

0.5%
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Registrar Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

26.0%

Kaplan University

6.3%

Ashford University

5.8%

Strayer University

5.4%

Walden University

5.2%

Liberty University

5.1%

Grand Canyon University

4.7%

American InterContinental University

4.2%

Capella University

3.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.8%

University of South Florida

3.5%

New York University

3.3%

The Academy

3.2%

Florida International University

3.1%

Monroe College

3.0%

Colorado Technical University

2.8%

Miami Dade College

2.7%

University of Maryland - University College

2.7%

Webster University

2.7%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

25.6%

Health Care Administration

13.0%

Nursing

7.5%

Medical Assisting Services

6.7%

Psychology

6.2%

Accounting

4.1%

Criminal Justice

3.9%

Management

3.7%

General Studies

3.6%

Education

3.1%

Communication

3.0%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Human Resources Management

2.6%

English

2.4%

Medical Technician

2.2%

Elementary Education

2.1%

Fine Arts

2.1%

Sociology

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Computer Science

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.8%

Other

26.1%

Associate

15.2%

Masters

15.1%

Certificate

6.8%

Diploma

3.0%

Doctorate

1.5%

License

0.6%
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