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Earnings Potential

Earnings of administrative services managers vary greatly depending on the employer, the specialty and the geographic area. In general, however, median annual earnings of administrative service managers in May 2004 were $60,290. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,120, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $110,270. In the Federal Government, industrial specialists in non-supervisory, supervisory, and managerial positions averaged $69,802 a year in 2005. An example of the salary made at a specific position is from In May 2004, elementary and secondary school administrators had median annual earnings of $74,190; postsecondary school administrators had median annual earnings of $68,340, while preschool and childcare center administrators earned a median of $35,730 per year. Salaries of education administrators depend on several factors, including the location and enrollment level in the school or school district. According to a survey of public schools, conducted by the Educational Research Service, average salaries for principals and assistant principals in the 2004-05 school year were as follows

Facts at a glance

  • Administrative positions exist in a variety of fields, from construction to medicine.
  • Administrators are typically called upon to make quick and lasting decisions, and have a great deal of responsibility.

Summary of what this career entails

The specific duties depend on the specific field that is worked in. For example, a health care administrator or manager, plan, direct, coordinate, and supervise the delivery of health care. That is a job that is obviously very important. ( An educational administrator is a principal. They develop the academic criteria, hire and fire teachers and other staff. In other words an administrator is basically a boss and/or decision maker. When someone talks about the Bush administration, that’s what is meant. People, who get together with the president to make crucial decisions, (like the war in Iraq). The difference is in their case the decision is about a country as opposed to a decision an administrator may make about a doctor’s office in New York City. As far as personality types go, there are jobs for both ends of the personality spectrum. Someone who is outgoing can get a job in public relations and someone who is shy can get a job in public administration or banking.

Examples and or details of work

Being an administrator or part of an administration is difficult work because your decisions are criticized constantly. Someone like the President has his decisions analyzed publicly, whether it is the war in Iraq, the economy or something else. An administrator also makes negotiations with other companies or other countries depending on the situation.

Degrees that lead to this career

Degrees that lead to a career in administration include business administration, health-care management, marketing, medical administrative services, and clinical administration.

Specific Career openings in this field

Career openings in the administration field include: medical and health service managers, education administrators, administrative service managers, industrial production managers, top executive, human resources, training and labor relations managers and specialists.