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Education Administrator
Education administrators set educational standards and goals and establish the policies and procedures to achieve them.
The Job
Educational administrators who manage elementary, middle, and secondary schools are called principals. They set the academic tone and actively work with teachers to develop and maintain high curriculum standards, develop mission statements, and set performance goals and objectives. Principals confer with staff to advise, explain, or answer procedural questions. They hire, evaluate, and help improve the skills of teachers and other staff. They visit classrooms, observe teaching methods, review instructional objectives, and examine learning materials. Principals must use clear, objective guidelines for teacher appraisals, because pay often is based on performance ratings.
Work Environment
Education administrators hold leadership positions with significant responsibility.
College Majors
Master's or Doctoral degree
Minimum Qualifications
Most education administrators begin their careers as teachers and prepare for advancement into education administration by completing a master's or doctoral degree.
Personality traits helpful for this career
The ability to make sound decisions and to organize and coordinate work efficiently is essential.
Quick Facts
  • Many jobs require a master's or doctoral degree and experience in a related occupation, such as teaching or admissions counseling.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential because much of an administrator's job involves working and collaborating with others.
  • Excellent opportunities are expected since a large proportion of education administrators is expected to retire over the next 10 years.
  • Salaries of education administrators depend on several factors, including the location and enrollment level of the school or school district.
Compensation and Outlook
In May 2008, preschool and child care program administrators had median annual wages of $39,940. The middle 50 percent earned between $31,290 and $54,680. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,910 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $77,150. Elementary and secondary school administrators had median annual wages of $83,880. The middle 50 percent earned between $68,360 and $102,830. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $55,580 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $124,250. Po
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