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Education Administrators, postsecondary Career Video



Plans, directs, or coordinates research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities at postsecondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Administration and Administrative Support pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Designs or uses assessments to monitor student learning outcomes.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, and terminates departmental personnel.
  • Directs, coordinates, and evaluates the activities of personnel, including support staff engaged in administering academic institutions, departments, or alumni organizations.
  • Advises students on issues such as course selection, progress toward graduation, and career decisions.
  • Plans, administers, and controls budgets, maintain financial records, and produces financial reports.
  • Formulates strategic plans for the institution.
  • Establishes operational policies and procedures and makes any necessary modifications, based on analysis of operations, demographics, and other research information.
  • Provides assistance to faculty and staff in duties such as teaching classes, conducting orientation programs, issuing transcripts, and scheduling events.
  • Represents institutions at community and campus events, in meetings with other institution personnel, and during accreditation processes.
  • Prepares reports on academic or institutional data.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Academic Affairs Dean --
  • Academic Affairs Vice President --
  • Academic Dean --
  • Admissions Director -- Manages and directs the admissions process in a college or university.
  • College President --
  • Dean --
  • Dean of Students --
  • Financial Aid Director --
  • Provost --
  • Registrar --