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Career Outlook/Employment


Graduate Kim Thorstad

Careers in Student Affairs

1. View Profiles of Student Affairs Professionals at SCSU

2. Find Some Job Openings for Graduate Assistantships
and Internships

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The program prepares professionals for entry-level and advanced leadership positions in technical, community, colleges and universities in academic affairs, student affairs, and administrative affairs.

With your graduate degree, you have more choices and opportunities that allow you to change or advance your career, increase your competence in the field, make more money, and make a better life for you and your family.

 Leadership careers can be found in athletics, academic departments, admissions, advising, career services, financial aid, human resources, residential life, teaching, records and registration, multicultural resource centers, public relations, student life and development, and so much more.

  • A master’s degree or doctorate is generally required for higher level postsecondary education administrator positions.**
  • The average salary of those with a doctoral degree is 20% higher than those with a master’s degree.*
  • Employment of postsecondary education administrators is expected to grow by 15 percent from 2012 to 2022.**
  • There will be a 26 percent projected increase nationally, and 32 percent projected increase statewide, in the need for new post-secondary administrators. This translates into a numeric change of 32,353 and 748 respectively over a 10-year period.***
  • There will be 30,000 replacement openings nationally, and 579 replacement openings statewide, for post-secondary administrators, over a 10-year period.***
  • Employment opportunities for persons with doctoral degrees continue to grow with our evolving job market.
  • Earning a doctorate places you at the pinnacle of a field where top-level employment opportunities are within reach anywhere in the world.
  • Earning a doctorate provides you with a competitive advantage when seeking employment opportunities.
  • Earning a doctorate provides valuable personal development for professionals at all stages of their career.

*Ewert, S. (Feb. 2012). What It’s Worth: Field of Training and Economic Status in 2009. U.S. Census Bureau. P70-129. Retrieved from http://www.census.gov/prod/2012pubs/p70-129.pdf

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Postsecondary Education Administrators, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/postsecondary-education-administrators.htm (visited March 17, 2014).

***On January 9, 2006, a labor market analysis was conducted by Bruce Steuernagel, Labor Market Analyst for MnSCU. These are the projected employment and job openings for post-secondary administrators from 2002-2012.


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