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Online Doctorates in Education: Educational Administration Career Outlook

written by: Jacqueline Chinappi•edited by: Sarah Malburg•updated: 3/24/2010

In our previous article, we looked at the Ed.D. which is also known as the Educational Doctorate. We also briefly looked at several jobs an individual could attain after obtaining this online degree including those in educational administration. Read on for more details on this educational career.

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    Administration in Schools

    Educational administrators include principals and assistant principals, who manage elementary schools, middle schools, or secondary schools. These professionals meet and communicate with various levels of people ranging from superintendents of schools to the parents of children in the school. They help to form budgets for schools as well as set forth and ensure academic standards within their school. Many principals and assistant principals usually have started off working as a teacher or in another educational position.

    Deans of colleges or university chairpersons are also considered part of educational administration. Their duties may include; student admissions, directing student counseling services, student affairs, and scheduling of classes. Administration in elementary, middle, secondary, or postsecondary schools all hold positions of leadership. Work hours may be stressful yet rewarding, as many work more than the standard 40 hour workweek and even on nights and weekends.

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    Career Outlook

    These career options require the highest level of degree, which can be met with either the Ph.D. or the Ed.D. Many times individuals will have attained their doctorate in a specific educational discipline such as Educational Leadership or Curriculum Development. Administrators in educational settings held approximately 443,000 jobs in 2006.

    • 56,000 were preschool or child care administrators
    • 226,000 were elementary or secondary school administrators
    • 131,000 were postsecondary administrators

    Employment outlook is expected to grow 12 % over ten years from 2006 to 2016.

    The salary earnings are as follows:


    • Senior high school $92,965
    • Jr. high/middle school 87,866
    • Elementary school 82,414

    Assistant principals:

    • Senior high school $75,121
    • Jr. high/middle school 73,020
    • Elementary school 67,735

    Academic deans:

    • Business $135,080
    • Arts and sciences 121,942
    • Graduate programs 120,120
    • Education 117,450
    • Nursing 112,497
    • Health-related professions 110,346
    • Continuing education 99,595
    • Occupational studies/vocational education 83,108
    • Dean of students 80,012

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    The Professor

    Those individuals in post-secondary educational administration may have started out as college professors. Post-secondary teachers held almost 1.7 million jobs in 2006. Nearly everyone were employed in 4-year colleges and universities and in 2-year community colleges. Expected career growth is 23% between 2006 and 2016, from 1,672,000 to 2,054,000 job.

    Salary averages was as follows:

    • $98,974 for professors
    • $69,911 for associate professors
    • $58,662 for assistant professors
    • $42,609 for instructors
    • $48,289 for lecturers