Best Management Careers in Education

Created by Henry Steele

By Henry Steele - March 30, 2018
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The education field has many attractive options, and this holds true in management as well. There are careers available in various specialties of education that are good choices for people with excellent management skills.

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If you are graduating from college soon and will have a degree in education and/or management, below are four of the hottest jobs you can pursue in education management and related fields.

Post Secondary Education Administrator

Post secondary education administrators are responsible for student services, academics and faculty research at universities and colleges. The exact job duties for these management and administration professionals in education depend upon the area of college in which they work. Some may work in admissions, student affairs, or the registrar’s office.

Post secondary education administrators who work in the admissions office are in charge of deciding which students should be admitted to the university. They are typically involved in the following:

  • Determine the number of students who can be admitted to the university
  • Meet with students who may be admitted to the school and encourage top candidates to apply
  • Review college applications to decide if certain students should be admitted
  • Analyze applicant data and students who have been admitted

Post secondary education administrators who work in the registrar’s office typically help students to register for classes and work with students to help them to continue to progress towards graduation. These administration and management professionals who work in student affairs work on many types of school functions, including athletics and other student activities.

This is a growth field with jobs expected to grow by 10% by 2026, which is faster than average. Growth is expected at the university level because there are more students enrolling in college. This is because of the growth of population in the US, and also because it is recognized that students need to graduate from college to get good jobs.

The degree of demand at some colleges will depend upon funding from the state. Some states may have more public funding for public universities than others.

The median salary in this field is $90,700. Most people who work in the field of post secondary administration have a master’s degree.

Check out these job titles:

  • Administrative service manager
  • Human resource manager
  • High school principal
  • Post secondary teacher
  • Training and development manager

Elementary, Middle and High School Principal

Principals in primary and secondary schools are responsible for managing and administering all school operations, such as school activities, student events and all staff. They are also responsible for coordinating curricula, overseeing teachers and training, and providing a safe environment in which all students can learn.

Major duties include:

  • Manage staff and all school activities, including support workers and teachers
  • Establish and provide oversight of class schedules
  • Oversee curriculum standards
  • Discipline and counsel students as needed to keep order in the school
  • Meet with teachers and parents to talk about the behavior and progress of students
  • Manage the budget for the school, as well as order supplies and oversee maintenance of the building
  • Set security procedures for students and staff

Principals play a very important role in managing the operation of our schools, and includes maintaining the buildings and cafeteria services. They also are in charge of overseeing academic goals and ensuring that teachers have all of the resources and equipment they need. Principals also may establish and oversee programs in their schools including special education, counseling and childcare programs for before and after school.

Employment for principals in the US will rise by 8% through 2026 which is about as fast as average for all occupations. Employment will be driven largely by student enrollment and the population growth in the specific part of the country. Employment growth in this field also is dependent upon the state and local budget for the particular area.

The median salary for principals in 2016 was $92,500 with the top 10% earning more than $135,000 per year.

Check out these job titles:

  • Career and technical education teacher
  • High school teacher
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Librarian
  • Post secondary education administrator

Administrative Service Manager

Administrative service managers are responsible for planning, directing and coordinating supportive services of an organization. They are usually responsible for managing the facilities and supervising the activities of the organization, such as mail distribution, recordkeeping and upkeep of the office. In a smaller organization, this job could be called business office manager. Larger organizations often have several administrative managers that specialize in various areas.

Major duties of this administrative and management professional are:

  • Provide supervision of clerical and administrative personnel
  • Set the goals and deadlines for the organization and/or department
  • Develop, manage and monitor the records that the organization keeps
  • Oversee maintenance of equipment, mechanical and electrical systems

Administrative services managers also may watch energy consumption and how technology and office equipment are used. These managers may then recommend purchasing new or different equipment and supplies to reduce energy costs.

Employment of administrative services managers is expected to grow by up to 10% by 2026. This is faster than average for all professions in the US. It is likely as the economy expands that administrative tasks including facility management and records and information management will continue to be important in many industries.

Another driving factor in employment will be energy efficiency and the environmental impact of buildings. These factors are expected to keep these workers in demand.

Also, it is expected that records and information managers will see employment growth. Demand is expected to be even stronger than 10% in areas such as information governance. This includes the legal and privacy aspects of records management.

The median wage for administrative services managers was $90,000 in 2016.

Check out these job titles:

  • Compensation and benefits manager
  • Cost estimator
  • Human resources manager
  • Management analyst
  • Meeting, convention and event planner

Management Analyst

A management analyst proposes ways to improve the organization and efficiency of a company or entity. While management analysts usually work in the private sector, there also are management consultants who work in the education sector. Management analysts provide managers and administrators with advice to make the organization more profitable through lower costs and higher revenues.

Management analysts often have the following duties:

  • Collect and organize information about the issue that needs to be solved in the school or school district.
  • Interview administrators, teachers and do onsite observations to determine the types of personnel and equipment and methods that will be needed to make improvements
  • Analyze financial data to determine how to increase efficiency
  • Recommend new procedures, organizational changes and systems
  • Make recommendations to improve the school or district through written reports and presentations

The job outlook for management analysts is bright, with 14% increase in demand expected through 2026. Demand for consulting services is expected to rise as organizations look for ways to enhance efficiency and control their costs. There is a need for school districts to manage their funding more carefully as state budgets are being cut, so management analysts are being brought in to spearhead these efforts.

The median salary for management analysts is $81,300 with the top 10 percent earning $149,000 per year.

Check out these job titles:

  • Budget analyst
  • Cost estimator
  • Economist
  • Financial analyst
  • Accountant
  • Market research analyst


Henry Steele
Managing Editor
Henry is Managing Editor of He is a seasoned business professional who regularly consults with local business's throughout Southern California. Henry pursued his undergrad in Business and Economics at the University of San Diego and gained valuable life changing experience through a unique internship upon graduation.

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