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Education Administrators, Elementary & Secondary School

Also called: Assistant Principal, Middle School Principal, Principal, Superintendent

What they do:
Plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.
On the job, you would:
  • Enforce discipline and attendance rules.
  • Confer with parents and staff to discuss educational activities, policies, and student behavioral or learning problems.
  • Observe teaching methods and examine learning materials to evaluate and standardize curricula and teaching techniques, and to determine areas where improvement is needed.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
  • management
  • customer service
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Leadership
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • ACS Technologies HeadMaster
  • Blackbaud The Education Edge
Data base user interface and query software
  • L-Systems X-ONE
  • LogicalBit Eimas
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
certificate after master's
usually needed

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