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College Administrators

College administrators, also known as postsecondary administrators, are involved in developing, coordinating, managing and maintaining the numerous programs utilized by colleges. There are a variety of administrators. Many administrators specialize in one area such as financial aid.

The college president oversees the entire college operation and supervises all the administrators. Admissions directors oversee the student admissions processes and recruitment activities. Provosts, also called chief academic officers, assist presidents, prepare budgets, make faculty appointments and tenure decisions and establish academic programs and policies.

The dean of student affairs manages extracurricular activities, counseling services and student housing. Financial aid directors oversee the programs which provide students financial aid such as loan programs, grants and scholarships. They also manage the collection of tuition and fees and maintain student transcripts. Colleges and universities have other administrative positions such as director of alumni affairs, director of public relations and chief planning officer.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare and administer budgets
  • Establish operational policies and procedures and make modifications when necessary
  • Recruit, hire and train personnel
  • Produce and maintain financial reports
  • Assist with formulating admission requirements
  • Provide assistance to staff and faculty
  • Appoint individuals to faculty positions
  • Assist with developing course credit policies

Job Characteristics

College administrators need strong managerial, interpersonal, communications and organizational skills. A solid foundation in computer science and data processing is helpful for the occupation.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a 14 percent growth in the employment of postsecondary education administrators. The demand for postsecondary administrators is expected to grow due to the projected growth of college students. A substantial part of the growth will occur in the private segment of higher education. The growth of colleges that cater to working adults will increase the demand for college administrators.

In 2006 the median annual earnings for postsecondary school administrators was $73,990. Some of the highest paying positions in 2006 were chief academic officer, academic dean of business and chief development officer.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Most college administrators have earned a master's degree in a subject such as higher education administration, business, education, information management, student personnel administration, finance or student counseling. Some colleges and universities require postsecondary administrators to have a Ph.D.

Resources

Major Employers

The top employees are public and private colleges and universities.

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

Postsecondary Administrators Skills

Below are the skills needed to be postsecondary administrators according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Skill NameImportanceCompetence
Critical Thinking4.124.25
Reading Comprehension4.124.62
Instructing44
Writing44.25
Speaking44.25

Postsecondary Administrators Abilities

Below are the abilities needed to be postsecondary administrators according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Ability NameImportanceCompetence
Oral Expression4.124.88
Written Expression4.124.75
Written Comprehension4.124.5
Problem Sensitivity4.123.88
Oral Comprehension44.88

Postsecondary Administrators Knowledge

Below are the knowledge areas needed to be postsecondary administrators according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Knowledge AreaImportanceCompetence
English Language4.335.22
Administration and Management4.164.31
Education and Training4.135.53
Customer and Personal Service4.065.16
Personnel and Human Resources3.394.35

Postsecondary Administrators Work activities

Below are the work activities involved in being postsecondary administrators according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work ActivityImportanceCompetence
Making Decisions and Solving Problems4.665.53
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships4.415.61
Getting Information4.394.89
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates4.375.7
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work4.335.95

Postsecondary Administrators Work styles

Below are the work styles involved in being postsecondary administrators according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work StyleImportance
Initiative4.63
Integrity4.61
Leadership4.58
Dependability4.57
Cooperation4.51

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
Postsecondary Administrators

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Postsecondary Administrators jobs , as of 2017

   
Metro AreaTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim5,430 $127,770
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn1,720 $110,240
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward1,570 $124,590
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue1,350 $109,720
San Diego-Carlsbad1,310 $116,550
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land1,240 $127,100
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington1,210 $115,550
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin1,180 $98,000
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis1,140 $104,370
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson1,110 $135,420

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Total employment and salary for professions similar to postsecondary administrators

Source : 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

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