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Program Coordinator, Higher Education

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Coordinates one or more programs carried out by a college or university. Often specializes in academic support-focused programs.

Job Outlook

There were 90 Program Coordinator, Higher Education job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 3683 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Program Coordinator, 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 $46,431.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $41,757.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Program Coordinator, Higher Education postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $39,294.

Education and Experience

Posted Program Coordinator, 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 Degree51%
Master's Degree45%
Doctoral Degree2%
Other1%

Posted Program Coordinator, 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 years50%
3 to 5 years46%
6 to 8 years3%
9+ years1%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Program Coordinator, 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 (53%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (31%)
  • Planning (31%)
  • Organizational Skills (30%)
  • Research (27%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Scheduling (33%)
  • Teaching (29%)
  • Budgeting (22%)
  • Academic Advisement (19%)
  • Tutoring (13%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Administrative Support (17%)
  • Customer Service (11%)
  • Staff Management (11%)
  • Social Media (11%)
  • Spreadsheets (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Special Education (5%)
  • Academic Support Services (5%)
  • Managing Student Data (5%)
  • Program Development (5%)
  • Fundraising (4%)

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.

  • Special Education (5%) – marginal value $4,308

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Academic Coordinator
  • Advancement Coordinator
  • Academic Support Coordinator
  • Academic Program Coordinator
  • Local Coordinator For Student Exchange Program

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 Program Coordinator, Higher Education jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • University Of California (97)
  • Greenheart Exchange (58)
  • California State University (39)
  • University of Texas (33)
  • Arizona State University (32)

North Carolina

  • University of North Carolina (19)
  • Wake Forest University (11)
  • North Carolina State University (5)
  • Duke University (3)
  • Gaston College (3)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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