What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Leads the admissions department of a college or university. Oversees the management of applications from prospective students of the institution and directs both prospective student outreach and recruitment efforts, and the process of determining which applications to accept.
There were 231 Admissions Director job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 6260 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the College / University Administrator industry, which includes the Admissions Director career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Admissions Director jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $61,967.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $54,055.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Admissions Director postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $52,244.
Education and Experience
Posted Admissions Director 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.
Posted Admissions Director 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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||31%|
|3 to 5 years||60%|
|6 to 8 years||8%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Admissions Director 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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (54%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (32%)
- Planning (28%)
- Building Effective Relationships (25%)
- Organizational Skills (23%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Budgeting (26%)
- Staff Management (20%)
- Strategic Planning (8%)
- Teaching (7%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Customer Service (17%)
- Social Media (12%)
- Scheduling (11%)
- Long-Term Care (9%)
- Supervisory Skills (9%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Academic Advisement (4%)
- Program Development (4%)
- Community Relations (3%)
- Fundraising (3%)
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- Strategic Communications (1%) – marginal value $3,755
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Admissions Director skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Director Of Admissions
- Assistant Director Of Admissions
- Associate Director Of Admissions
- Admissions Director Non Nurse
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.
- Admissions Administrator
- Student Affairs Administrator
- Director of Student Affairs
- Program Director, Higher Education
- Campus Director
- Administrator, Higher Education
- Program Coordinator, Higher Education
- Dean of Academic Affairs
- Dean of Academic Division
- Residential Services Administrator
Here are the employers that have posted the most Admissions Director jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- University Of California (72)
- Georgetown University (68)
- University of Pennsylvania (57)
- Tufts University (48)
- Humana (47)
- University of North Carolina (34)
- Elon University (15)
- Duke University (11)
- Wake Forest University (9)
- Ancora Education (6)
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!