College Administrators

College Dean at Graduation

College administrators coordinate and oversee programs such as admissions and financial aid in public and private colleges and universities. They frequently work with teams of people to develop and manage student services. Administrators also oversee specific academic divisions of colleges and universities. Approximately 175,000 college administrators are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Deans
Duties Oversee academics, student services, counseling services, admissions, alumni affairs, financial aid, business operations, and other departments at colleges and universities
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Speech
Experience Several years of experience
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • College President or Provost
  • College Administrator
  • College Professor or Admissions Counselor

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