Employment of postsecondary education administrators is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Expected growth is due to increases in enrollments.
People will continue to seek postsecondary education to accomplish their career goals. As more people enter colleges and universities, more postsecondary education administrators will be needed to serve the needs of these additional students.
Additional admissions officers will be needed to process students' applications. More registrars will be needed to register students for classes and ensure that they meet graduation requirements. More student affairs workers will be needed to make housing assignments and plan events for students.
Despite expected increases in enrollment, employment growth in public colleges and universities will depend on state and local government budgets. When state and local governments reduce budgets for higher education, postsecondary institutions may lay off employees, including administrators. As a result, employment growth may be somewhat limited by state and local government budget constraints.
Enrollment is expected to decrease in online colleges and universities. As a result, there will be less demand for postsecondary education administrators in these types of schools.
Job prospects will be best for candidates who have experience working in higher education and for those with a master's degree
Postsecondary Education Administrators
Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24
Education administrators, postsecondary
Total, all occupations
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program