School Administrators

President Obama Speaks with School Administrator and Students

School administrators are leaders who plan and set goals related to the educational, administrative, and counseling programs of schools. They coordinate and evaluate the activities of teachers and other school personnel to ensure that they adhere to deadlines and budget requirements and meet established objectives. There are approximately 235,110 school administrators employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Assistant Principals, Assistant Superintendents, Headmasters, School Directors, School District Superintendents, School Principals
Duties Oversee educational, administrative, and counseling programs at schools
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Government
  • Psychology
Experience Five years' teaching experience
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Problem-Solving
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • School District Superintendent
  • Assistant Superintendent
  • School Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Teacher

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