December 12, 2017

The Appeal of Higher Education Jobs

Have you been thinking about seeking a higher education job but aren’t sure how to land such a job or if it would really be the right career choice for you? We will talk about how you can earn higher education jobs, where to find employment, the responsibilities you will have and the benefits you will experience in your career in higher education.

Types of Higher Education Jobs

There are many opportunities for careers in higher education. Postsecondary education institutions offer positions in administration and instruction. The following are just a few examples of types of jobs you can have in higher education:

  • Student affairs administrators
  • Academic affairs administrators
  • Postsecondary admissions
  • Registrar’s office administrators
  • Faculty (teaching) positions

Student Affairs Administrators

People who work in student affairs work with students in areas such as extracurricular activities and athletics. Someone working in student affairs can help to advise students regarding their personal struggles, housing or some academic concerns. It is crucial that someone working closely with students also communicates with the family of the student.

Student affairs administrators also must keep track of and maintain all student records. You would also be creating and assessing some nonacademic programs for the students to attend. Scheduling these programs as well as athletic and recreational events is also the responsibility of a student affairs administrator.

In regards to housing, these administrators coordinate roommates for students and ensure the residential facilities are properly maintained. You would also need to train student staff members who would be assigned jobs such as residential advisors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, multicultural affairs centers on campus need administrators as well. They will plan activities or events that help celebrate different cultures and backgrounds or manage the multicultural centers.

Academic Affairs Administrators

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that academic deans or provosts are in charge of assisting the college presidents with various duties. Some of the responsibilities of provosts include participation in hiring faculty, manage school budgets, and help to develop the school’s academic policies with the college president. Deans usually preside over the activities of specific academic departments in a school. For example, one college may have an academic dean for the school of technology and the school of fine arts, just to name a few.

Higher Education Admissions Jobs

An admissions department hires individuals who are good at working with numbers and organization. Someone in admissions needs to decide how many students they will admit to the college during that school year. They will also be responsible for looking over applications of potential students to review them for possible admission to the college. Many admissions counselors will also meet with the financial department with the students in order to determine their eligibility to receive financial aid and scholarships to help pay for tuition.

Admissions counselors are in charge of promoting the school they work for. They will create any brochures, videos and other promotional materials that will draw more prospective students to the school. In addition to creating those materials, they will also travel to high schools and speak with the school counselors and the students at that school about the college they work for. This helps draw interest in the college and will recruit potential future students.

Registrar Office Administrator Positions

A school registrar office is in control of the maintenance of student records as well as data about courses offered at the school. When students want to schedule their classes, they will consult the registrar office to assist them. The registrar department also helps students be aware of the graduation requirements.

Registrar administrators will help to prepare student transcripts and diplomas and plan the graduation ceremonies for the school.  If a student wishes to add or drop a course, they will also use the registrar’s office for that. Someone who works in this department will need to have more advanced skills using computer databases and other programs that help the office keep their data organized and maintained.

Faculty (Teaching) Positions

The last type of higher education job we will talk about is a faculty position. Faculty members are in charge of teaching the students at the college. College professors are expected to help develop challenging and engaging lesson plans for their students to help them prepare for their future careers. These teachers should also expect to attend continuing education workshops and seminars to stay current on the new ideas and innovations in their particular field of study.

Many college professors will be involved in constant research to help them gain even more knowledge in their field of study. In addition, many faculty members will publish their own research that will be published in academic journals and books.

Being a college professor has its benefits over being a school teacher. Higher education teachers earn a higher wage as well. Wages depend on what type of institution you are hired into but average salaries are around $62,000. Teaching in a postsecondary school offers teachers more flexibility with schedule and instructional content.

Appeal of Working in Higher Education

As a college professor, you will earn more than if you were teaching younger children. The pay varies with higher education administrators, however. In addition to better salaries, it is fun to be able to work with adult age students and help them realize their academic goals to help them succeed in their future.

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