In a typical work setting, education administrators:
- Have a high level of social interaction. They work with teachers, students, and parents.
- Communicate daily by e-mail, telephone, and in person. They also regularly write letters and memos.
- Almost always work as part of a team, group, or department.
- Are substantially responsible for the work outcomes of those they supervise, such as teachers and counselors.
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- May occasionally give public speeches or presentations.
- Are often placed in conflict situations with parents or teachers when disciplining students.
- Are responsible for the health and safety of students and teachers.
- Regularly deal with unpleasant or angry students or parents.
Physical Work Conditions
- Almost always work indoors in schools or offices. Sometimes work outdoors on school grounds.
- Work near others, such as when sharing office space. Those working with younger children may come into closer contact.
- Must fully complete and be exact in their work. Errors could prevent students from receiving a high-quality education.
- Regularly make decisions that greatly impact others, including parents, students, teachers, and coworkers. They rarely consult others before deciding a course of action.
- Set nearly all their daily tasks and goals without talking to a superior first.
- Operate by strict weekly and daily deadlines. This can make the work atmosphere somewhat competitive.
- May work evenings to attend meetings or sporting events.
- Usually work full time, the whole year round.
- Generally work a set schedule.