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Career Profile: University Administrator

Why Is University Administration a Job of Tomorrow?
As competition for jobs increases, more people will be pursuing higher education to increase their chances. Because of this, the need for university administrators will grow. Employment opportunities for university administrators are expected to rise 14 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. University administrator salaries depend heavily on the institution and specific administrative position of the employee. For example, academic deans make an average salary of $135,080 annually, whereas a dean of students makes an average salary of $80,012.

What Does a University Administrator Do?
University administrators manage the nonacademic side of universities. They do not have the same responsibilities as faculty members, although some university administrators may also work as instructors. They may manage tasks such as admissions, construction, safety and residence life, vital operations that ensure the university runs smoothly. University administrators control the day-to-day operations of the university, including supervising employees at the school's offices, preparing budgets and acting as a link to students' parents. A university administrator may also work with students on activities.

What Kind of Training Do I Need to Become a University Administrator?
University administrators typically hold a teaching degree and work as instructors before moving on to an administrative position. Administrators must have a master's or doctoral degree in education administration. After a bachelor's degree, a master's takes about two to three years to earn, and a doctoral typically four years. Degree programs for education administration cover such topics as administration tactics and leadership skills.