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Dean of Students

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Dean of Students responds to students' needs at a college or university and plans programs for campus life and support for students. Supervises student-focused programs on a college or university campus and serves as a liaison between college administrators and student organizations.

Job Outlook

There were 180 Dean of Students job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 4300 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Dean of Students 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 $89,012.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $94,200.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Dean of Students postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $78,492.

Education and Experience

Posted Dean of Students 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 Degree5.63%
Bachelor's Degree42.91%
Master's Degree58.12%
Doctoral Degree13.63%
Other6.33%

Posted Dean of Students 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 years22.4%
3 to 5 years64.58%
6 to 8 years9.23%
9+ years3.79%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Dean of Students 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.

  • Leadership (58.49%)
  • Communication (53.72%)
  • Teaching (36.74%)
  • Management (35.28%)
  • Planning (32.56%)
  • Coordinating (24.12%)
  • Interpersonal Communications (23.07%)
  • Writing (22.4%)
  • Operations (19.6%)
  • Problem Solving (19.12%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Student Services (60.17%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Classroom Management (18.73%)
  • Special Education (7.45%)
  • Policy Development (5.01%)
  • Behavior Management (12.66%)
  • Disabilities (10.65%)
  • Student Development (15.88%)
  • Mental Health (11.54%)
  • Conflict Resolution (10.68%)
  • Social Work (9.09%)
  • Case Management (7.11%)
  • Crisis Management (10.76%)
  • Psychology (6.73%)
  • Higher Education (12.46%)
  • Suspension (Vehicle) (8.26%)
  • Student Engagement (13.96%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Dean of Students skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Assistant Dean of Students
  • Dean of Middle School
  • Associate Dean of Students
  • Dean of Student Success
  • Dean of Student Affairs
  • Dean of Student Services
  • Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
  • Dean of Student Life
  • Associate Dean of Student Affairs

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 Dean of Students jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Uncommon Schools (123)
  • University of California (52)
  • Charter Schools USA (44)
  • Geo Next Generation High School - Indianapolis (42)
  • Basis Educational Group (35)
  • Sesi Schools (32)
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (31)
  • California State University (27)
  • University of Chicago (25)
  • Houston Independent School District (25)

North Carolina

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (30)
  • University of North Carolina (10)
  • East Carolina University (8)
  • North Carolina A&T State University (7)
  • Charter Schools USA (6)
  • Sargent Rehabilitation Center (5)
  • Guilford County Schools (4)
  • Johnston County Public Schools (3)
  • Duke University (3)
  • Stanly County Schools (3)

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!