Career Path: Higher Education Administration

Does walking across campus still put a skip in your step? Are you a natural leader with a knack for discipline and order? If so, you may want to work at a college, university, junior college or community college in an administrative role. 

​​​​​​​What Does a Career in Higher Education Administration Look Like?

As a higher education administrator, you will formulate and execute strategic plans related to admissions, research, instruction, campus safety or student, faculty or staff services. 

Professionals working in higher education administration typically do a variation of the following:

  • Supervise staff responsible for administering academic institutions, departments, services or alumni organizations.  
  • Recruit, hire, train, and terminate personnel.  
  • Direct and execute student recruitment, selection, and admission processes.  
  • Design, uphold and oversee various aspects of faculty or staff roles, experiences and services.
  • Advise students concerning admission, selection of major or courses, career preparation or issues related to graduation. 
  • Make and uphold decisions regarding policies and procedures affecting students, faculty and staff.

What Education is Required to Work in Higher Education Administration?


In general, higher education institutions require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, and most require a master’s degree. Some require additional advanced education, such as a PhD, M.D. or J.D. 
The Leadership in the Public Sector degree is an undergraduate degree designed to give you a solid foundation for the advanced degrees required for careers in this sector. The topics and skills covered in this degree program will set you up for success in this career path. 

What Are the Most Common Higher Education Administration Job Titles?


When working in this field, you will find employment opportunities with one or more of the following job titles:

  • Academic Affairs Dean
  • Academic Affairs Vice President
  • Academic Dean
  • Admissions Director
  • College President
  • Dean
  • Dean of Students
  • Financial Aid Director
  • Provost
  • Registrar
  • Postsecondary Education Administrator

What is the Employment Outlook for this Career Path?


The demand for higher education administrators is on the rise, as job growth in this field is increasing at a rate of 9-13%. This is a faster job growth rate than average. Administrators earned a national median salary of $90,760 in 2016.

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