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Administrator, Higher Education

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

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 1390 Administrator, Higher Education job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 41829 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the College / University Administrator industry, which includes the Administrator, Higher Education career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Administrator, Higher Education 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 $57,029.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $52,634.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Administrator, Higher Education postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $36,897.

Education and Experience

Posted Administrator, Higher Education 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 Degree58%
Master's Degree38%
Doctoral Degree3%
Other0%

Posted Administrator, Higher Education 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 years40%
3 to 5 years41%
6 to 8 years9%
9+ years9%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Administrator, Higher Education 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 Skills (42%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (29%)
  • Research (22%)
  • Planning (21%)
  • Organizational Skills (20%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Budgeting (20%)
  • Teaching (15%)
  • Staff Management (10%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Scheduling (16%)
  • Customer Service (12%)
  • Project Management (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Fundraising (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Engagement Coordinator
  • Education Specialist
  • Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Director Of Education
  • Education Specialist - Teacher Continuing 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 Administrator, Higher Education jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Amazon (621)
  • University Of California (504)
  • Humana (411)
  • YMCA (318)
  • Red Bull North America, Inc. (259)

North Carolina

  • Atrium Health (161)
  • University of North Carolina (107)
  • Duke University (47)
  • North Carolina State University (41)
  • East Carolina University (19)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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