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The U.S. Department of predicts that enrollment of preschool and elementary school students will increase slowly over the next few years. In addition, many school administrators will be reaching retirement age. There is a shortage of qualified candidates to fill those positions. One issue is education: Many working superintendents don't have doctoral degrees, but many school boards prefer candidates with doctorates. Other issues include the perception that school administration is too political, low pay, and constraints on moving between districts. Overall, school administrators can expect average employment growth through 2018, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Opportunities are expected to be best for administrators and directors in preschool and child care centers, as more families are enrolling children in formal child care programs and states are expanding preschool programs.