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Education Administrators

Education administrators are responsible for managing the routine activities and for providing instructional leadership at schools, day care centers, colleges and universities. They also develop policies and procedures, set the educational objectives and standards. Education administrators oversee teachers, support staff, coaches, librarians, counselors and other personnel. Some education administrators supervise managers.

Some education administrators oversee the educational programs in correctional facilities, museums, community services organizations and businesses. Large institutions such as colleges, often have several administrators and each administrator has a specific responsibility.

Education administrators that oversee elementary, secondary and middle schools are called principals. They help teachers improve their skills, oversee the hiring of staff members and set the academic tone for the school. They evaluate learning materials and observe teaching techniques. School principals also meet with staff members to discuss procedures. They also manage the financial elements of a school.

School principals spend time interacting with parents, students, community organization representatives and other administrators. School principals have a role in ensuring their students meet local, state and national academic standards.

With the assistance of community organizations, principals at some schools have created programs to deal with sexually transmitted diseases, crime and alcohol abuse. Due to the tightening of school budgets, many principals are involved with fundraising from the local community and local businesses.

Some administrators work in school district central offices. Some administrators oversee subjects such as music, English, mathematics, special education and vocational education. They also manage curriculum specialists and instructional coordinators.

Provosts, also called chief academic officers, are employed at colleges and universities. They assist presidents, prepare budgets, make faculty appointments and tenure decisions and establish academic programs and policies.

Responsibilities

  • Handle situations with parents
  • Prepare budgets
  • Manage the requisition and allocation of supplies
  • Oversee record keeping
  • Train faculty, including teachers and auxiliary staff
  • Manage student services
  • Help to enure students meet local, state and national academic standards
  • Participate in workshops for administrators and teachers
  • Oversee building repairs and improvements

Job Characteristics

At times, the job can be stressful and demanding. Many educational administrators find working with students very rewarding. However, dealing with difficult students can be challenging. Some education administrators work over 40 hours a week. They may also spend time supervising school activities at night and during the weekends. Some administrators work year round, however some education administrators work only during the academic year.

Due to interacting with teachers, parents, students and the community, strong interpersonal skills and effective communication and motivational skills are important for administrators. They also need to have knowledge of leadership principles and practices.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 12 percent employment growth for education administrators between 2006 and 2016 which is about as fast as average for all occupations. Preschool and child care center administrators are projected to have substantial employment growth. Employment opportunities for education administrators may vary by the region of the country.

In 2006, elementary and secondary school administrators had a median annual earnings of $77,740. Postsecondary school administrators earned $73,990. Administrators working in preschools and childcare centers earned $37,740. Salaries vary depending on the location of the educational institution and the enrollment level at the school or school district.

Education administrators have opportunities to advance into higher administrative jobs or by getting a comparable position at a larger school or school system. They can also move up into a school system superintendent job or become president of an educational institution.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Usually, education administrators initiate their careers as teachers. In order to advance in their careers they earn a master's or a doctoral degree. Principals and school district administrators in most public school systems are required to have a master's degree in education administration or educational leadership. Some teachers become assistant principals or take administrative jobs before moving up to the position of school principal.

Administrators that work in preschool programs at public schools are often required to have earned at least a bachelor's degree. In private schools, the majority of principals have a master's or a doctoral degree, however some principals have only a bachelor's degree.

Many colleges and universities provide advanced degrees in higher education administration, college student affairs and educational leadership. Education administration degree programs typically include classes in school law, school leadership, research design and data analysis, curriculum development and evaluation, school finance and budgeting, community relations and other subjects.

The Educational Leadership Constituent Council and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education provide accreditation for programs which are designed for secondary and elementary school administrators. Completing an accredited program is not required, however it may help with fulfilling licensure requirements.

In most states, principals are required to be licensed as school administrators. The license requirements vary by state, however most states require a master's degree or some other type of graduate level training. In some states, administrators must take continuing education courses to keep their license.

Principals employed in private schools are not subject to state licensure requirements. Almost all states require preschool and child care center directors to be licensed. Typically, post secondary institutions do not have licensing requirements for administrators.

Resources

Major Employers

The top job providers are public educational institutions and private educational institutions.

Schools for Education Administrators are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Education Administrators

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Education Administrators jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Montgomery 280 $98,500
Hoover 70 $68,570
Birmingham 70 $68,570
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 70 $92,300
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 290 $71,970
Mesa 290 $71,970
Phoenix 290 $71,970
Flagstaff 100 $70,330
Tucson 90 $58,670
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 50 $86,250
North Little Rock 50 $86,250
Little Rock 50 $86,250
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 1490 $100,560
Long Beach 1490 $100,560
Los Angeles 1490 $100,560
Oakland 680 $78,600
Hayward 680 $78,600
San Francisco 680 $78,600
Carlsbad 430 $108,180
San Diego 430 $108,180
Ontario 290 $91,400
San Bernardino 290 $91,400
Riverside 290 $91,400
Fresno 180 $91,730
Santa Clara 170 $76,760
Sunnyvale 170 $76,760
San Jose 170 $76,760
Arcade 170 $99,710
Arden 170 $99,710
Sacramento 170 $99,710
Roseville 170 $99,710
Fairfield 160 $49,520
Vallejo 160 $49,520
Lodi 140 $83,880
Stockton 140 $83,880
Modesto 120 $86,950
Bakersfield 90 $92,330
Ventura 80 $67,980
Oxnard 80 $67,980
Thousand Oaks 80 $67,980
Santa Rosa 70 $89,840
Salinas 50 $85,860
Porterville 40 $42,950
Visalia 40 $42,950
Watsonville 30 $46,760
Santa Cruz 30 $46,760
Arroyo Grande N/A $47,590
San Luis Obispo N/A $47,590
Paso Robles N/A $47,590
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Colorado Springs 320 $91,440
Lakewood 160 $69,430
Denver 160 $69,430
Aurora 160 $69,430
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Norwalk 120 $93,590
Stamford 120 $93,590
Bridgeport 120 $93,590
East Hartford 70 $101,800
West Hartford 70 $101,800
Hartford 70 $101,800
New Haven 70 $103,080
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 390 $93,540
Fort Lauderdale 390 $93,540
West Palm Beach 390 $93,540
Kissimmee 180 $83,680
Orlando 180 $83,680
Sanford 180 $83,680
St. Petersburg 160 $98,810
Clearwater 160 $98,810
Tampa 160 $98,810
Jacksonville 90 $99,350
Gainesville 40 $95,440
Tallahassee 30 $85,090
Daytona Beach N/A $47,630
Deltona N/A $47,630
Ormond Beach N/A $47,630
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 390 $98,850
Sandy Springs 390 $98,850
Atlanta 390 $98,850
Savannah 30 $85,120
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 200 $71,930
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urbana 40 $113,830
Champaign 40 $113,830
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 110 $51,310
Carmel 110 $51,310
Indianapolis 110 $51,310
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 60 $72,730
Des Moines 60 $72,730
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Knox 140 $76,270
Elizabethtown 140 $76,270
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 310 $54,390
Metairie 310 $54,390
Baton Rouge 80 $76,250
Bossier City 40 $64,570
Shreveport 40 $64,570
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 50 $41,890
Portland 50 $41,890
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1120 $89,430
Columbia 1120 $89,430
Baltimore 1120 $89,430
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 250 $79,720
Dearborn 250 $79,720
Detroit 250 $79,720
Wyoming 60 $54,680
Grand Rapids 60 $54,680
Ann Arbor 30 $76,650
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 50 $84,880
St. Cloud 50 $94,540
North Mankato 40 $69,970
Mankato 40 $69,970
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 40 $85,020
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 50 $60,360
Henderson 50 $60,360
Las Vegas 50 $60,360
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 30 $58,480
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 90 $99,160
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 110 $69,670
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheektowaga 60 $71,850
Niagara Falls 60 $71,850
Buffalo 60 $71,850
Troy 60 $82,550
Schenectady 60 $82,550
Albany 60 $82,550
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayetteville 400 $71,660
Jacksonville 220 $70,430
Raleigh 130 $52,600
Chapel Hill 40 $70,420
Durham 40 $70,420
Salem N/A $37,250
Winston N/A $37,250
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 50 $61,310
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 210 $65,310
Dayton 140 $102,000
Toledo 80 $61,880
Akron N/A $45,790
Massillon N/A $66,560
Canton N/A $66,560
Cleveland N/A $84,870
Elyria N/A $84,870
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 120 $68,320
Tulsa 40 $58,240
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 80 $47,720
Eugene 40 $45,450
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 230 $79,080
Carlisle 60 $87,910
Harrisburg 60 $87,910
Lancaster N/A $48,400
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 190 $102,590
Carolina 190 $102,590
San Juan 190 $102,590
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 110 $69,700
Mauldin 30 $61,800
Anderson 30 $61,800
Greenville 30 $61,800
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Knoxville 100 $53,120
Morristown 70 $50,780
Franklin N/A $46,720
Murfreesboro N/A $46,720
Nashville N/A $46,720
Davidson N/A $46,720
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Braunfels 270 $79,560
San Antonio 270 $79,560
Fort Worth 230 $80,660
Arlington 230 $80,660
Dallas 230 $80,660
Sugar Land 220 $81,770
Houston 220 $81,770
The Woodlands 220 $81,770
Round Rock 150 $59,410
Austin 150 $59,410
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Clearfield 50 $81,180
Ogden 50 $81,180
Salt Lake City 50 $90,460
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 40 $65,000
Burlington 40 $65,000
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 180 $93,680
Roanoke 30 $77,970
Charlottesville 30 $100,150
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 520 $74,420
Tacoma 520 $74,420
Seattle 520 $74,420
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 50 $88,490
Beckley 40 $91,820
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 150 $77,520
Waukesha 150 $77,520
Milwaukee 150 $77,520
Oshkosh 30 $65,520
Neenah 30 $65,520
Madison 30 $76,450

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Education Administrators

To find out more about building a career as Education Administrators, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Most Popular Industries for :
Education Administrators

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Education 18,860 67% $68,870
Government 5,830 20% $76,850
Non-profit 770 2% $65,560
Social Service 760 2% $58,710
Hospital 650 2% $90,270
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