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Director of Institutional Research

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Director of Institutional Research oversees institutional research and studies for a college or university. Designs and leads studies evaluating the effectiveness of the institution's programs and policies. Manages data collection and analysis with regards to these questions, and directs formulation of research reports.

Job Outlook

There were 21 Director of Institutional Research job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 476 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Researcher / Research Associate industry, which includes the Director of Institutional Research career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Director of Institutional Research 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 $99,557.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $99,557.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Director of Institutional Research postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $84,285.

Education and Experience

Posted Director of Institutional Research 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 Degree5.46%
Bachelor's Degree39.92%
Master's Degree85.29%
Doctoral Degree36.55%
Other1.68%

Posted Director of Institutional Research 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 years9.65%
3 to 5 years72.12%
6 to 8 years14.48%
9+ years3.75%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Director of Institutional Research 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.

  • Research (76.68%)
  • Planning (76.05%)
  • Decision Making (71.01%)
  • Leadership (61.76%)
  • Strategic Planning (56.51%)
  • Communication (55.04%)
  • Management (47.69%)
  • Writing (39.5%)
  • Coordinating (28.57%)
  • Detail Oriented (25.42%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Statistical Analysis (30.44%)
  • Data Analysis (60.47%)
  • Dashboard (38.05%)
  • Data Warehousing (26.43%)
  • Data Management (34.25%)
  • Data Collection (44.61%)
  • Data Visualization (31.08%)
  • SPSS (Statistical Software) (39.32%)
  • Research Methodologies (24.52%)
  • Data Governance (31.71%)
  • Institutional Research (99.58%)
  • Project Management (27.06%)
  • Surveys (35.94%)
  • Power BI (22.41%)
  • Statistical Software (19.24%)
  • Social Sciences (20.93%)
  • SAS (Software) (20.51%)
  • Tableau (Business Intelligence Software) (35.1%)
  • External Reporting (27.27%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (32.77%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Statistical Reporting (5.07%)
  • Student Services (11.63%)
  • Database Management (6.77%)
  • Budget Development (2.96%)
  • Ad Hoc Reporting (7.4%)
  • Compliance Reporting (6.13%)
  • Business Metrics (2.75%)
  • Policy Development (14.16%)
  • Strategic Decision Making (9.09%)
  • Liberal Arts (4.23%)
  • Student Learning Outcomes (10.78%)
  • Program Development (4.23%)
  • Strategic Prioritization (5.92%)
  • Educational Assessment (11.84%)
  • Workflow Management (7.4%)
  • Academic Affairs (18.18%)
  • Annual Reports (3.59%)
  • Disabilities (2.33%)
  • Microsoft Access (13.53%)
  • Data-Driven Decision Making (8.03%)
  • Business Intelligence (15.43%)
  • Business Intelligence Tools (5.07%)
  • Information Systems (10.78%)
  • Curriculum Development (2.54%)
  • Data Integrity (19.24%)
  • Benchmarking (10.36%)
  • Computer Science (12.26%)
  • Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) (3.17%)
  • Educational Research (12.26%)
  • Project Planning (3.17%)
  • Performance Appraisal (3.17%)
  • Data Quality (7.19%)
  • Information Management (3.81%)
  • Qualitative Research (12.68%)
  • Resource Allocation (6.77%)
  • Course Evaluations (7.19%)
  • Data Extraction (6.98%)
  • Relational Databases (17.12%)
  • Decision Support Systems (9.73%)
  • Enrollment Management (19.45%)
  • Python (Programming Language) (5.92%)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (12.26%)
  • Dissemination (4.23%)
  • Finance (10.57%)
  • R (Programming Language) (18.82%)
  • Higher Education (16.49%)
  • Program Evaluation (12.05%)
  • Microsoft SQL Servers (7.4%)
  • Performance Metric (5.29%)
  • Student Information Systems (15.86%)
  • Operational Planning (5.5%)
  • Predictive Modeling (5.07%)
  • Statistical Methods (6.77%)
  • Survey Research (8.03%)
  • Statistics (17.12%)
  • Program Assessment Rating Tool (8.03%)
  • Process Improvement (4.02%)
  • Quantitative Research (13.32%)
  • Reporting Tools (9.94%)
  • Student Engagement (3.81%)
  • Research Design (17.34%)
  • Qualtrics (13.11%)
  • Internal Reporting (15.64%)
  • Data Science (13.53%)

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.

  • Data Analysis (65.75%)
  • Dashboard (41.38%)
  • Data Collection (48.51%)
  • Data Governance (34.48%)
  • Data Management (37.24%)
  • Data Warehousing (28.74%)
  • Project Management (29.43%)
  • Research Methodologies (26.67%)
  • Power BI (24.37%)
  • SQL (Programming Language) (35.63%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Director of Institutional Research skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
  • Associate Director of Institutional Research
  • Director of Institutional Research and Assessment
  • Institutional Research Analyst
  • Institutional Researcher
  • Director of Institutional Effectiveness
  • Director of Reporting and Analytics
  • Assistant Director
  • Director of Decision Support

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 Director of Institutional Research jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • State University of New York (8)
  • Felician University (7)
  • New York Institute of Technology (6)
  • University of Houston (6)
  • University of Pennsylvania (5)
  • Florida Institute Of Technology (5)
  • The College Of Wooster (5)
  • Marian University (5)
  • University of Missouri (5)
  • Delta College (4)

North Carolina

  • Johnson C. Smith University (3)
  • University of North Carolina (2)
  • Brunswick Community College (2)
  • North Carolina Central University (2)
  • Davidson College (2)
  • Guilford College (2)
  • Paml (1)
  • Southwestern Community College (1)
  • Pitt Community College (1)
  • Nash Community College (1)

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!