Student Affairs Administrators: Salary, career path, job outlook, education and more

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 residential advisers. In multicultural affairs, they plan events to celebrate different cultures and diverse backgrounds. Sometimes, they manage multicultural centers on campus.
Education Required
Postsecondary education administrators typically need at least a masters degree. However, at smaller colleges or community college, a bachelors degree may be sufficient. Degrees can be in a variety of disciplines, such as social work, accounting, or marketing.
Job Outlook
The projected percent change in employment from 2016 to 2026: 10% (Faster than average)
(The average growth rate for all occupations is 7 percent.)
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.
Median pay: How much do Postsecondary Education Administrators make?
$90,760 Annual Salary
$43.63 per hour

Careers for Postsecondary Education Administrators

  • Academic deans
  • Administrators
  • Admissions Officers
  • Admissions counselors
  • Adult basic education managers
  • Athletic directors
  • Chief academic officers
  • College registrars
  • Continuing education directors
  • Directors of admissions
  • Directors of student services
  • Graduate school deans
  • Graduate studies deans
  • Provosts
  • Registrars
  • University administrators
  • University deans

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