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What some of the well paying higher ed careers?

I want to pursue a master’s degree in an education related field. In a year or so, I will be venturing into the competitive high education jobs. However, I have heard some complaints from various sources over poor pay in most of the university teaching jobs. This has made me doubt whether I am making the right future career decision. I have always been optimistic that education is a financially sustainable field of work but now I am not so sure. What other options are available to me in higher ed careers?

Kristi Hammond

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Melissa Norris on January 30, 2018

There are numerous higher education careers out there and therefore the pay for various positions varies. I disagree with the view that the education industry pays its employees poorly as there are numerous handsomely paid education professionals. Many non-teaching opportunities are available in the executive, administrative or faculty levels.

Here are some of the higher education jobs paying $30,000 or above a year to consider after completing your masters:
● Career counselor and academic advisor: entails assessing students’ skills, interests and academic performance to help them select a course that is best suited for them.

● Enrollment and admissions director: oversees lower admission staff in the process of recruiting and admitting students. This process includes activities such as evaluating student qualifications, printing and sending admission letters to short listed students and registering new students.

● Database specialist: handles the maintenance, monitoring and upgrading of the
university’s database to ensure it functions optimally at all times.

● Human resource manager: responsible for the recruitment, training and dismissal of other university employees.

● Executive and administrative assistants: provide administrative assistance to academic staff. Other duties may include giving students information relating to university processes, organizing university events, locating informational materials among others.

● Facilities manager: ensures equipment, furniture and other facilities are well maintained. Another duty is to oversee construction or renovation of buildings in the university.

● Intramural/Recreation coordinator: works with the student body in organizing,
supervising and managing social and cultural programs such drama and music events, sports and other recreation activities. This position requires that you market social events organized by the university.

● Food service supervisor: performs duties such as supervising food service in the campus cafeteria, maintaining cleanliness in the kitchen and service area, handling kitchen supplies, collecting food revenue and maintaining food service equipment.

● Office administrator: performs general office clerical duties such as organizing staff meetings, preparing office budgets, managing miscellaneous office expenses, keeping stock of office assets and recording of transactions made.

● Disability support manager: in charge of providing special services to persons with disabilities in campus. Disability support specialist ensure the university is sensitive to the needs of disabled student for an enhanced learning atmosphere.

As you can see, many non-teaching university jobs pay well. You do not have to narrow your job search to lecturing. I would suggest that you consider a master’s degree that will equip you with multiple skills that qualify for many of the above jobs.

Kurt Price2 years ago

I agree that universities provide vast employment opportunities for almost any job qualification. However, growing your higher ed career to high managerial positions requires not only experience but also academic brilliance. Most people who are considered for these positions are professors. I would suggest that even if you choose to apply as a university support staff grow yourself academically. A master’s degree will definitely land you a sustainably paying job and you will pay your bills without hustle. However, higher education is a highly competitive industry and stopping at that will not define your self-development.

I would suggest that you enroll for a doctorate in a field that you find  appropriate. After completing this, you can take up classes that you can lecture or research work to supervise. Research work is especially important as it will build your name and will in turn move your career to greater heights.

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