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Higher Education Administrator

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Higher Education Administrator works in a variety of specialized areas within a college or university, including student admissions and services, academic departments or campus maintenance and development. Manages student academic records (registrar), leads a college or school within a university system (academic dean), or serves as chief academic officer (provost).

Job Outlook

There were 730 Higher Education Administrator job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 21063 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the College / University Administrator industry, which includes the Higher Education Administrator career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Higher Education Administrator jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $78,170.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $77,874.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Higher Education Administrator postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $53,315.

Education and Experience

Posted Higher Education Administrator jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree10.25%
Bachelor's Degree45.83%
Master's Degree34.92%
Doctoral Degree12.31%
Other11.16%

Posted Higher Education Administrator jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years33.87%
3 to 5 years53.01%
6 to 8 years8.54%
9+ years4.58%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Higher Education Administrator positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication (40.47%)
  • Leadership (35.47%)
  • Management (30.95%)
  • Planning (22.93%)
  • Operations (21.37%)
  • Teaching (20.79%)
  • Research (19.99%)
  • Coordinating (19.19%)
  • Writing (17.06%)
  • Customer Service (14.47%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Project Management (18.31%)
  • Academic Affairs (17.04%)
  • Student Engagement (14.6%)
  • Nursing (16.28%)
  • Higher Education (15.87%)
  • Administrative Support (14.51%)
  • Student Services (35.07%)
  • Marketing (24.92%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Higher Education Administrator skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Director of Student Engagement
  • Faculty Affairs Coordinator
  • Assistant Director of Residence Life
  • Rehabilitation Registered Nurse
  • Department Head
  • Director of Residence Life
  • Director of Academic Services
  • Education Manager
  • Director of Continuing Education
  • Education Coordinator

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Higher Education Administrator jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • University of California (280)
  • Encompass Health (136)
  • HCA Healthcare (107)
  • KinderCare Education (105)
  • CHRISTUS Health (102)
  • California State University (99)
  • Harvard University (92)
  • Marriott International (84)
  • Pennsylvania State University (81)
  • Texas A&M University (81)

North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina (78)
  • North Carolina State University (64)
  • East Carolina University (22)
  • Elizabeth City State University (16)
  • Fayetteville State University (16)
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College (15)
  • North Carolina Central University (15)
  • CarolinaEast Health System (13)
  • Wake Forest University (12)
  • Buncombe County Schools (12)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!