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Administrators in Post-secondary Education and Vocational Training

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NOC:0421
Occupation:Administrators in Post-secondary Education and Vocational Training
Category:Management

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 perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate academic and related activities of a college or university faculty.
  • Recommend and approve faculty appointments.
  • Recommend curriculum revisions and additions and approve scheduling of courses.
  • Direct, through subordinate staff, activities such as research and curriculum development.
  • Plan, administer 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 perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate 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 perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate 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, administer 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:

To work in these fields, 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 require a graduate degree in a field related to the academic faculty and several years of experience as a university professor or college teacher.
  • Registrars require an undergraduate degree in business administration or a related field and several years of experience in registration administration.
  • Administrators of vocational training schools usually require an undergraduate degree in business administration or expertise and certification in a subject of instruction.
Other considerations:

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

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

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 grow slightly over the next few years, which should provide some additional opportunities for employment. 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. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers.

The median employment income for 80% 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)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Administrators in Post-secondary Education and Vocational Training610Weak growth80Moderate
Minimum: $24.99
Median: $43.75
Maximum: $72.12
Minimum: $30,093
Median: $76,383
Maximum: $144,196
Occupations in Management44,250Decline2,775Low
Minimum: $15.77
Median: $34.97
Maximum: $57.69
Minimum: $10,632
Median: $55,002
Maximum: $124,014
Administrators in Post-secondary Education and Vocational TrainingCompared to: Occupations in Management
Percent employed full-time96%93%
Percent self-employed0%19%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentAdministrators in Post-secondary Education and Vocational TrainingCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern5%x12%$30,581
Northern8%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton9%x13%$32,974
Halifax68%$80,73647%$41,209
Annapolis Valley8%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeAdministrators in Post-secondary Education and Vocational TrainingCompared to: All Management
% Employed% Employed
15-243%2%
25-3412%13%
35-4428%24%
45-5428%32%
55-6428%23%
65+4%6%
Median Age5049
GenderAdministrators in Post-secondary Education and Vocational TrainingCompared to: Occupations in Management
% Employed% Employed
Female62%41%
Male38%59%
EducationAdministrators in Post-secondary Education and Vocational TrainingCompared to: All Management
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolxx6.2%$30,033
High school5.4%$41,45623.5%$37,496
Trades certificatex$70,3977.0%$41,701
College certificate or diploma16.3%$46,57420.6%$45,432
University certificate or diploma1.6%$54,1593.0%$59,985
Bachelor's degree27.1%$57,27327.7%$66,107
University advanced certificate or diplomax$63,3691.9%$74,902
Master's degree1.6%$93,5009.2%$81,234
Doctorate34.9%$140,5070.8%$83,359
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry12.4%x0.1%$79,443
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Canadian Institute of Management - Maritimes
PO Box 463
Port Williams, NS B0P 1T0
Tel: (902) 670-0746 
Info@MaritimeCIM.com

Training Paths & Education

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Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the integrative scientific study of biological issues related to health and medicine, or a program in one or more of the biomedical sciences that is undifferentiated as to title. These programs include courses in any of the basic medical sciences at the research level; biological science research in biomedical faculties; and general studies encompassing a variety of the biomedical disciplines.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Business administration and management - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. These programs 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.
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Maritime Business College - Dartmouth
45 Ochterloney Street, Suite 100
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2N6
(902) 463-6700
admissions@maritimebusinesscollege.ca
Eastern College - Halifax
6940 Mumford Road, Suite 111
Halifax, NS B3L 0B7
(902) 423-3933
Success College
800 Sackville Drive
Lower Sackville, NS B4E 1R8
(902) 865-8283
Academy of Learning - Halifax
6960 Mumford Road, Suite 155-1st Floor Mumford Professional Centre
Halifax, NS B3L 4P1
(902) 455-3395
careers@aolhrm.com
Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Online Learning
Unit 37, 115 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, NS B3S 1B3
(877) 491-6774
online.learning@nscc.ca
Program Name:Business/commerce - General
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses 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. The program prepares individuals to apply business principles and techniques in various occupational settings.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:General studies
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any undifferentiated program in the general arts, general science, or unstructured studies.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Philosophy
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. These programs include courses in logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, symbolism, and history of philosophy, and applications to the theoretical foundations and methods of other disciplines.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
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