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Residential Advisors

Also called: Resident Director, Resident Assistant, Residence Hall Director, Residence Life Director

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What they do:
Coordinate activities in residential facilities in secondary and college dormitories, group homes, or similar establishments. Order supplies and determine need for maintenance, repairs, and furnishings. May maintain household records and assign rooms. May assist residents with problem solving or refer them to counseling resources.
On the job, you would:
  • Enforce rules and regulations to ensure the smooth and orderly operation of dormitory programs.
  • Provide emergency first aid and summon medical assistance when necessary.
  • Mediate interpersonal problems between residents.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Health
  • therapy and counseling

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Accounting software
  • Budgeting software
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Get started on your career:

Find Certifications Registered Apprenticeship

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$24,520
per year, on average
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