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Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary

Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary

Overview
Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Experience

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

Education

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Job Training

Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

Examples

These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include pharmacists, lawyers, astronomers, biologists, clergy, neurologists, and veterinarians.

Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of kindergarten, elementary, or secondary schools.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $65K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $78K
Median Salary: $98K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $124K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $152K

Demand
Career Demand by State Career Demand by State Legend
Core Tasks

Evaluate curricula, teaching methods, and programs to determine their effectiveness, efficiency, and use, and to ensure that school activities comply with federal, state, and local regulations.

Observe teaching methods and examine learning materials to evaluate and standardize curricula and teaching techniques, and to determine areas where improvement is needed.

Counsel and provide guidance to students regarding personal, academic, vocational, or behavioral issues.

Collaborate with teachers to develop and maintain curriculum standards, develop mission statements, and set performance goals and objectives.

Direct and coordinate activities of teachers, administrators, and support staff at schools, public agencies, and institutions.

Recruit, hire, train, and evaluate primary and supplemental staff.

Confer with parents and staff to discuss educational activities, policies, and student behavioral or learning problems.

Create school improvement plans by using student performance data.

Enforce discipline and attendance rules.

Mentor and support administrative staff members, such as superintendents and principals.

Set educational standards and goals, and help establish policies and procedures to carry them out.

Plan and lead professional development activities for teachers, administrators, and support staff.

Participate in special education-related activities, such as attending meetings and providing support to special educators throughout the district.

Determine the scope of educational program offerings, and prepare drafts of course schedules and descriptions to estimate staffing and facility requirements.

Plan and develop instructional methods and content for educational, vocational, or student activity programs.

Prepare and submit budget requests and recommendations, or grant proposals to solicit program funding.

Recommend personnel actions related to programs and services.

Review and approve new programs, or recommend modifications to existing programs, submitting program proposals for school board approval as necessary.

Develop partnerships with businesses, communities, and other organizations to help meet identified educational needs and to provide school-to-work programs.

Establish, coordinate, and oversee particular programs across school districts, such as programs to evaluate student academic achievement.

Review and interpret government codes, and develop programs to ensure adherence to codes and facility safety, security, and maintenance.

Coordinate and direct extracurricular activities and programs, such as after-school events and athletic contests.

Determine allocations of funds for staff, supplies, materials, and equipment, and authorize purchases.

Direct and coordinate school maintenance services and the use of school facilities.

Organize and direct committees of specialists, volunteers, and staff to provide technical and advisory assistance for programs.

Advocate for new schools to be built, or for existing facilities to be repaired or remodeled.

Plan, coordinate, and oversee school logistics programs, such as bus and food services.

Teach classes or courses to students.

Meet with federal, state, and local agencies to keep updated on policies and to discuss improvements for education programs.

Prepare, maintain, or oversee the preparation and maintenance of attendance, activity, planning, or personnel reports and records.

Collect and analyze survey data, regulatory information, and data on demographic and employment trends to forecast enrollment patterns and curriculum change needs.

Write articles, manuals, and other publications, and assist in the distribution of promotional literature about facilities and programs.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
SAS
Calendar and scheduling software
Scheduling software
Communications server software
IBM Domino
Computer based training software
Rethink Ed
Data base management system software
Apache Cassandra
Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Access
Desktop communications software
ParentSquare
Desktop publishing software
Microsoft Publisher
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
SchoolDESX
Human resources software
Human resource management software HRMS
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Mobile messaging service software
Intrado SchoolMessenger
Multi-media educational software
Seesaw
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Project management software
Microsoft SharePoint
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Audio and visual presentation and composing equipment
Public address PA systems
Communications Devices and Accessories
Multi-line telephone systems
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Interactive whiteboards
Office machines and their supplies and accessories
Photocopying equipment
Security surveillance and detection
Security alarm systems
Top 10 Knowledge Required
Administration and Management
91%
Importance

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

English Language
90%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Education and Training
86%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Personnel and Human Resources
85%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Customer and Personal Service
84%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Law and Government
78%
Importance

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Psychology
71%
Importance

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Mathematics
69%
Importance

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Public Safety and Security
69%
Importance

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Computers and Electronics
59%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Top 10 Skills
Active Listening
88%
Importance

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking
88%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking
85%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Learning Strategies
85%
Importance

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Reading Comprehension
85%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Social Perceptiveness
85%
Importance

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Judgment and Decision Making
83%
Importance

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Writing
83%
Importance

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Complex Problem Solving
80%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Coordination
80%
Importance

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Top 10 Abilities
Oral Comprehension
88%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Oral Expression
88%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Deductive Reasoning
85%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Speech Clarity
85%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Written Comprehension
85%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Written Expression
85%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Inductive Reasoning
83%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Problem Sensitivity
83%
Importance

The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Speech Recognition
83%
Importance

The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Category Flexibility
78%
Importance

The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Top 10 Work Activities
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
95%
Importance

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Getting Information
94%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems
93%
Importance

Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
92%
Importance

Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Analyzing Data or Information
91%
Importance

Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

Coaching and Developing Others
91%
Importance

Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

Performing Administrative Activities
91%
Importance

Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.

Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
90%
Importance

Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
89%
Importance

Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
89%
Importance

Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

Detailed Work Activities

Determine operational compliance with regulations or standards.

Evaluate program effectiveness.

Support the professional development of others.

Advise others on career or personal development.

Develop educational goals, standards, policies, or procedures.

Supervise employees.

Conduct employee training programs.

Hire personnel.

Recruit personnel.

Evaluate student work.

Analyze data to inform operational decisions or activities.

Develop organizational policies or programs.

Prepare financial documents, reports, or budgets.

Prepare proposals or grant applications to obtain project funding.

Advise others on business or operational matters.

Prepare forms or applications.

Recommend organizational process or policy changes.

Establish interpersonal business relationships to facilitate work activities.

Develop safety standards, policies, or procedures.

Develop operating strategies, plans, or procedures.

Approve expenditures.

Prepare operational budgets.

Direct facility maintenance or repair activities.

Maintain personnel records.

Prepare operational progress or status reports.

Direct organizational operations, projects, or services.

Coordinate special events or programs.

Manage outreach activities.

Promote products, services, or programs.

Teach classes in area of specialization.

Maintain knowledge of current developments in area of expertise.

Coordinate operational activities with external stakeholders.

Develop promotional materials.

Conduct opinion surveys or needs assessments.

Analyze forecasting data to improve business decisions.

Work Context
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

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Electronic Mail

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Face-to-Face Discussions

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Telephone

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Work With Work Group or Team

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Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Deal With External Customers

How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?

Frequency of Decision Making

How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?

Coordinate or Lead Others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?

Responsibility for Outcomes and Results

How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?

Education
Majors
Major
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Superintendency and Educational System Administration
International School Administration/Leadership
Early Childhood Program Administration
Interests
Enterprising
96%
Importance

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Social
91%
Importance

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Conventional
62%
Importance

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Artistic
39%
Importance

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Investigative
29%
Importance

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Realistic
19%
Importance

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Top 10 Work Styles
Integrity
98%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Dependability
95%
Importance

Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Leadership
95%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Initiative
91%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Self Control
91%
Importance

Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

Concern for Others
89%
Importance

Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Analytical Thinking
88%
Importance

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Cooperation
88%
Importance

Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Adaptability/Flexibility
87%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Independence
87%
Importance

Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Work Values
Independence
91%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Relationships
91%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Working Conditions
86%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Achievement
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Recognition
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Support
62%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.