Top 5 Careers in Higher Education

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Image by Jeremy Wilburn, Flickr

While many do not think that a career in higher education can lead to a high income, it is possible if you choose to pursue the right titles. If you are looking for the top-paying jobs in higher education that are also in high demand, do your research before you choose to enroll in an advanced graduate program so you can specialize your degree. Here are the five top careers to consider as you compare specialties and concentrations.

Professors Who Teach Health Education

The need for health professionals has never been greater, and the majority of professionals who are entering the industry need a college degree. There is a growing demand for health educators within post-secondary establishments and also a growing shortage of specialized professors who can teach this subject area. If you would like to enter a high-paying field where the top earners make $187,199 per year, teaching health specialties could be a great choice.

College Professors Who Specialize in Economics

Another great teaching position that has flourished is economics. All business majors, many students who earn a Bachelor of Arts, and future economists must all take one or more classes in economics. Not only will you get to teach economics, you can also participate in research while you stay up-to-date with the most recent field developments. The average economics professor earns $101,806 per year.

Program Director of Undergraduate or Graduate Studies

You do not necessarily need to be in front of a classroom teaching to play a part in the success of students as they pursue a degree. As a program director, you will manage and implement the university’s vision and strategy for overall education as you establish goals and improve and innovate programs. This is an important role and requires expertise in higher education.

Director of Student Affairs

A director of student affairs plays a crucial role in keeping students involved in their community while still urging them to strive for a successful future. When you hold this title, you will manage all student activities, oversee the clubs, refer students to counseling, recommend scholarship opportunities, and advise students of community services they may be eligible for.

To hold this title, you need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. While a BA is required, most schools prefer to hire candidates who hold a master’s in higher education that teaches content on student development, conflict resolution and approaches to student affairs. If you have already begun a career after obtaining a bachelor’s degree, an online higher education degree at the master level could be a great way to balance the present with the future.

Academic Advising
In both public and private higher education institutions, there is a need for academic advisors who help students map out the path they will take to meet their educational and professional goals. Many students enroll in school without a clue as to what they would like to do. You will be there to help students make decisions, set academic plans and stay on track. You are an advisor, a coach, a motivator and more.

There is a long list of positions you can pursue as an educator or an administrative professional. Be sure to educate yourself on the requirements to hold a specific title, and only then can you prepare for your career in higher education.

This article was contributed by guest author Anica Oaks.

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