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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 631 Higher Education Administrator job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 18985 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 $98,016.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $97,473.

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 $79,112.

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 Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree47.69%
Master's Degree37.11%
Doctoral Degree12.7%
Other10.97%

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 years30.75%
3 to 5 years55.69%
6 to 8 years9.02%
9+ years4.55%

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 (46.44%)
  • Leadership (39.74%)
  • Management (34.07%)
  • Planning (26.38%)
  • Operations (24.33%)
  • Teaching (23.48%)
  • Research (22.65%)
  • Coordinating (22.34%)
  • Writing (20.5%)
  • Interpersonal Communications (16.54%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Academic Affairs (15.67%)
  • Administrative Support (13.46%)
  • Student Services (31.98%)
  • Curriculum Development (13.25%)
  • Higher Education (15.56%)
  • Adult Education (5.76%)
  • Marketing (22.74%)
  • Nursing (8.7%)
  • Project Management (17.76%)
  • Student Engagement (13.55%)

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
  • Department Head
  • Director of Residence Life
  • Education Manager
  • Director of Academic Services
  • Education Coordinator
  • Director of Continuing Education
  • Director of Career and Technical Education

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 (296)
  • KinderCare Education (146)
  • Harvard University (107)
  • California State University (103)
  • Pennsylvania State University (101)
  • HCA Healthcare (96)
  • The University of Texas System (93)
  • University of Wisconsin System (80)
  • University of Massachusetts (70)
  • University of Illinois (66)

North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina (60)
  • North Carolina State University (52)
  • North Carolina Central University (19)
  • East Carolina University (17)
  • Wake Forest University (16)
  • Buncombe County Schools (16)
  • Fayetteville State University (15)
  • Frye Regional Medical Center (13)
  • Appalachian State University (13)
  • Elizabeth City State University (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!