Possible Careers

Currently higher education institutions are experiencing significant turnover as the baby boomer generation moves to retirement. In addition, the centrality and focus of the higher education student experience has drastically enhanced the number of positions available in this field. In turn, the higher education job market is quickly and steadily rising. Within higher education campuses, there are a robust number of opportunities and units that employ higher education leadership students. As a higher education leader, you are prepared to work within specific units of interests as well as collaborate across different campus units. Below are potential opportunities students who complete this degree may wish to pursue in student affairs, academic affairs, intercollegiate athletics and two year college leadership.


Students Affairs Leadership:

  • Dean of Students Office
  • First-Year Experience Office
  • Career and Leadership Development
  • Greek Life
  • LGBTQ Programming
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Multicultural Affairs
  • Transition Programing High School to College
  • Campus Outreach Programming
  • Camps and Clinics
  • 2-Year College Leadership

Academic Affairs Leadership:

  • Registrar’s Office
  • Academic Advising
  • Faculty Development Center
  • Financial Aide
  • Enrollment and Retention
  • Graduate and Continuing Studies
  • 2-Year College Leadership
  • Provost’s Office
  • Chancellor’s Office
  • Curriculum Development
  • Assessment




  • 2010-2020 = 19% growth in need for college administrators, 27,000 positions (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010)
  • By 2016, 50-65% leadership turnover including 84% of college presidents (Betts et al. 2009; Eddy & VanDerLinden, 2006; Leubsdorf, 2006; Sanders, 2011)
  • The most successful colleges are “blessed with the proper leaders” (Cohen & Brawer, 2008, p. 151)
  • Great community and technical college leadership is critical to meeting the societal needs of the 21st century (Boggs, 2003; Shults, 2001)
  • 1,200 in U.S. serving over 13 million students (1000 are 2-year public)
  • 68% growth in 1970’s led to mass hiring
  • Segment is increasing in significance (workforce and economic development; access/affordability; lifelong learning, calls for completion, skills gaps, transfer)
  • Rising accountability demands + changing environment = new challenges


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