What Education Administrators Do?
When most people say education administrator, they are thinking of elementary, middle, and high school principals. Other possibilities may include superintendents and instructional coordinators. At the postsecondary (college) level, education administrator positions may include admissions, the registrar, student affairs, and academic advising. Job duties may range from building maintenance to setting academic standards, training other teachers, and ensuring that schools have the necessary resources available to help students succeed. Many education administrators meet with a variety of public officials to seek the resources necessary to meet their goals. They also respond to questions and concerns from members of the community they serve, including students and parents. As a result, they need to be strong multi-taskers with highly developed interpersonal skills.
How to Become an Education Administrator
Those interested in becoming education administrators at the elementary, middle, or high school level typically earn bachelor's degrees in education, school counseling, or a related field, notes the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov, 2012). They often then work as teachers before applying to a master's degree in education administration or leadership. Most states require public school principals to be licensed as school administrators in addition to having a master's degree. While the requirements for a license vary, a master's degree, a test, and continuing education classes are all common requirements.
Many entry-level positions at colleges and universities require only a bachelor's degree, which can be in a variety of fields including marketing and accounting. No additional licenses are typically required. The equivalent of a principal at the postsecondary level is a provost or dean. Provosts and deans generally have a Ph.D. and experience as a professor, notes the BLS.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov, 2012), the median annual nationwide salary for elementary, middle and high school principals was $86,970 in 2010. This is the median wage, which means that the lowest 10 percent of people in the career earned less than $58,300 per year and the top 10 percent earned more than $129,480.
Overall, the field is expected to experience growth of 10 percent at the elementary, middle and high school levels from 2010 through 2020, according to the BLS. Employment of postsecondary education administrators is expected to grow by 19 percent during the same period. This growth is expected to occur mainly due to increases in enrollments. For more information about becoming an education administrator, please click on one of the schools below. Someone should contact you regarding any questions.
- Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-2013 Edition), http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/elementary-middle-and-high-school-principals.htm#tab-6
- Postsecondary Education Administrators, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-2013 Edition), http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/postsecondary-education-administrators.htm#tab-4