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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

  • $54,380

    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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Registrar Career Paths

Registrar
Patient Access Representative Case Manager Adjunct Instructor
Academic Dean
10 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Instructor ESL Instructor
Academic Director
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Registered Nurse Nursing Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Scheduler Office Administrator Accounting Manager
Assistant Director Of Finance
7 Yearsyrs
Patient Service Representative Billing Specialist
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Instructor Professor
Campus Dean
14 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Business Office Manager Director Of Admissions
Campus Director
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Vice President Chief Finance Officer
Chief Administrative Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Patient Service Representative Patient Care Coordinator Nursing Director
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Office Administrator Analyst Compliance Analyst
Compliance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Specialist Program Director Chairperson
Dean
5 Yearsyrs
Office Administrator Case Manager Admissions Coordinator
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Property Manager District Manager
District Director
8 Yearsyrs
Analyst Accounting Manager Assistant Director Of Finance
Finance Aid Director
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Director Grant Writer
Grant Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Facilitator Assistant Principal
High School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Account Representative Sales Manager Office Manager
Office Manager Of Human Resources
7 Yearsyrs
Account Representative Account Executive Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
School Principal
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Registrar 3.0 years
Patient Registrar 2.5 years
Admissions Clerk 2.5 years
Registration Clerk 2.5 years
Central Scheduler 2.4 years
Admitting Clerk 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 7.2%
Internship 5.5%
Secretary 4.9%
Teller 3.8%
Volunteer 2.7%
Assistant 2.4%
Manager 2.4%
Clerk 2.3%
Teacher 2.0%
Top Employers After
Cashier 4.9%
Internship 4.6%
Secretary 4.0%
Associate 3.2%
Teller 3.0%
Manager 2.9%
Assistant 2.9%
Specialist 2.8%

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Registrar Demographics

Gender

Female

81.2%

Male

16.7%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

17.1%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.2%

French

7.9%

Italian

3.5%

Chinese

2.9%

German

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Mandarin

1.9%

Portuguese

1.9%

Japanese

1.9%

Korean

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Russian

1.0%

Greek

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%

Romanian

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Carrier

0.6%

Hmong

0.4%

Igbo

0.4%

Turkish

0.4%
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Registrar Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.5%

Liberty University

6.9%

Kaplan University

6.0%

Strayer University

5.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.2%

American InterContinental University

5.2%

Walden University

4.9%

Ashford University

4.9%

Grand Canyon University

4.9%

Capella University

4.1%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.2%

Kean University

3.2%

University of Alabama

3.0%

Florida State University

3.0%

New York University

3.0%

University of Maryland - University College

3.0%

Webster University

3.0%

Troy University

2.9%

Arizona State University

2.8%

Texas A&M University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

26.1%

Health Care Administration

12.0%

Nursing

6.7%

Psychology

6.4%

Medical Assisting Services

5.2%

Management

4.0%

Criminal Justice

3.9%

Accounting

3.9%

Education

3.9%

General Studies

3.8%

Communication

3.1%

Human Resources Management

3.0%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

English

2.6%

Elementary Education

2.3%

Medical Technician

2.2%

Social Work

2.1%

Sociology

2.0%

Fine Arts

1.9%

Computer Information Systems

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.9%

Other

26.3%

Masters

16.9%

Associate

13.8%

Certificate

6.5%

Diploma

2.3%

Doctorate

1.7%

License

0.6%
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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, 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 Superior Career Institute Lauderdale Lakes, FL Oct 01, 2011 $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 12, 2009 $56,871 -
$27
Registrar Micropower USA Corp New York, NY Nov 09, 2012 $56,871
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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  1. Patient Information
  2. Student Records
  3. Insurance Companies
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  • Maintain all patient information confidential and follow rules regarding circumstances of patients receiving medical treatment.
  • Shared information, prepared correspondence, maintained and disseminated school welcome packets and established transferred and maintained student records.
  • Follow billing structure for Medicare and other insurance companies including workers compensation and motor vehicle insurance.
  • Registered patients being admitted to the Emergency Department and out patient procedures
  • Provided customer service to shop patrons, maintained profitable retail operations, and implemented promotional and marketing strategies.

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