Administrators in Post-secondary Education and Vocational Training

(NOC 0421)

in All Management

This group includes faculty administrators and registrars of colleges or universities and administrators of vocational training schools. Faculty administrators manage the academic and related activities of faculties of colleges or universities. Registrars manage registration activities and academic records systems of colleges or universities. Administrators of vocational training schools manage the operations of vocational schools specializing in trades, technology, business or other vocational subjects.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Stable employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 45 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2019

Compared to: All Management

  • Estimate -245 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 3210 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to remain largely the same over the next few years. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Administrators in Post-secondary Education and Vocational Training most commonly work full-time hours.

The median employment income for 79% of Administrators in Post-secondary Education and Vocational Training who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $82,981. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$23.08

Minimum

$48.97

Median

$75.27

Maximum

Annual Pay

$30,093

Minimum

$76,383

Median

$144,196

Maximum

Compared to: All Management

Hourly Pay

$16.70

Minimum

$45.17

Median

$58.17

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,632

Minimum

$55,002

Median

$124,014

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

This group includes faculty administrators and registrars of colleges or universities and administrators of vocational training schools. Faculty administrators manage the academic and related activities of faculties of colleges or universities. Registrars manage registration activities and academic records systems of colleges or universities. Administrators of vocational training schools manage the operations of vocational schools specializing in trades, technology, business or other vocational subjects.

Job duties

Faculty administrators:

  • Oversee the activities of a college or university faculty.
  • Recommend and approve faculty appointments.
  • Recommend curriculum revisions and additions and approve course scheduling.
  • Direct activities like research and curriculum development.
  • Plan and control budgets for projects, programs, support services and equipment.
  • Advise president or rector of university or college.
  • Participate in activities of various faculty and college committees.

Registrars:

  • Oversee the registration activities and academic records system of a college or university.
  • Review registration statistics and consult with faculty officials to develop registration policies.
  • Direct activities of staff and others engaged in compiling information on courses, schedules and requirements for admission and graduation.

Administrators of vocational training schools:

  • Oversee the activities of a private college or institute specializing in trades, technology or business.
  • Develop curriculum for training programs.
  • Consult with government regulatory and licensing agencies to ensure conformance to provincial standards.
  • Plan and control budgets for projects, programs, support services and equipment.
  • May recruit and hire teachers and other staff.
  • May teach.

Sample job titles

  • assistant dean - college or university
  • dean - university or college
  • director of admissions - post-secondary education
  • director of research - university or college
  • director of student affairs
  • faculty administrator
  • research administrator - university or college
  • university registrar
  • vice-president - college or university

Skills

You need determination, confidence, and good managerial skills. You must have the ability to organize, negotiate, motivate, and communicate. You must be able to work well under pressure and make difficult decisions quickly. Good judgement and leadership skills are essential. You should also be capable of cooperating and collaborating with others.

Job requirements

  • Faculty administrators need a graduate degree in a field related to the academic faculty and several years of experience as a university professor or college teacher.
  • Registrars need an undergraduate degree in business administration or a related field and several years of experience in registration administration.
  • Administrators of vocational training schools usually need an undergraduate degree in business administration or expertise and certification in a subject of instruction.

Other considerations

There is no movement among the various types of administrators in this group. Movement to some senior management positions in education is possible with experience.

By the numbers

Quick look

650

employed in 2016

93.1%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

61.8%
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38.2%
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50.1

median age

Compared to: All Management

44,250

employed in 2016

91.2%

employed full-time

18.9%

self employed

40.5%
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59.5%
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48.7

median age

Where will I likely work?

68.2%

Halifax

9.3%

Cape Breton

8.5%

North Shore

8.5%

Annapolis Valley

5.4%

Southern

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

85.6%

Educational services

4.8%

Public administration

1.6%

Health care and social assistance

1.6%

Transportation and warehousing

1.6%

Accommodation and food services

What is the age of Employment?

38.0%

45-54

25.0%

55-64

16.0%

35-44

12.0%

25-34

7.0%

65+

2.0%

15-24

Compared to: All Management

30.7%

45-54

23.1%

35-44

21.7%

55-64

14.0%

25-34

7.8%

65+

Top levels of education

33.6%

Master

$86,249 median annual income
26.7%

Bachelor

$65,486 median annual income
16.8%

College Diploma

$62,320 median annual income
12.2%

Doctorate

$154,113 median annual income
5.3%

High school

$48,919 median annual income

Compared to: All Management

27.2%

Bachelor

$71,875 median annual income
23.8%

High school

$42,294 median annual income
20.4%

College Diploma

$50,256 median annual income
9.1%

Master

$93,261 median annual income
7.2%

Trade Certification

$44,396 median annual income

Education & training

Business Administration and Management

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs prepare students to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. They include courses in management theory, human resources management and behaviour, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

Institutions providing this program

Maritime Business College

Lower Sackville, NS

Academy of Learning Career College - Halifax

Halifax, NS

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture

Truro, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

Middleton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

Springhill, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

Yarmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

Kentville, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

Bridgewater, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

Stellarton, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

Port Hawkesbury, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

Sydney, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

Truro, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Ivany Campus

Dartmouth, NS

Nova Scotia Community College - Online Learning

Various, NS

Business/Commerce

College, Trades, or University Program

These programs focus on the general study of business, including the processes of interchanging goods and services (buying, selling and producing), business organization, and accounting as used in profit-making and non-profit public and private institutions and agencies. They prepare students to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

General Studies

College, Trades, or University Program

Any undifferentiated program in the general arts, general science, or unstructured studies.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

Universite Sainte-Anne

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Higher Education Administration

College or University Program

These programs focus on the principles and practice of administration in universities and higher education systems, the study of higher education as an object of applied research and prepares students to function as administrators in such settings. They include courses in higher education economics and finance, policy and planning studies, curriculum, faculty and labour relations, higher education law, college student services, research on higher education, institutional research, marketing and promotion, and issues of evaluation, accountability and philosophy.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies

College or University Program

These programs focus on the dynamic social relations between and among majority and minority groups and different minority groups, and ways to promote mutual tolerance, inter-group cooperation, and the leadership and management of diverse groups and diversity issues in family, educational, recreational, and work settings. They include courses in ethnic and cultural studies, group psychology, sociology, anthropology, conflict resolution, human services and resources, and applications to various functional environments.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Philosophy

College or University Program

These programs focus on ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. They include courses in logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, symbolism, and history of philosophy, and applications to the theoretical foundations and methods of other disciplines.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

Wolfville, NS

Dalhousie University

Halifax, NS

University of King's College

Halifax, NS

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, NS

St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS

Saint Mary's University

Halifax, NS

Cape Breton University

Sydney, NS

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
Various, NS

Additional resources

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