- A bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement for an entry-level position. (Professional schools like public health and social work may require a master's degree in the field).
- Can advance into higher administrative positions (director roles require a master's degree).
- Positions are available in institutions of all sizes (from community colleges to universities) and types (professional schools, public colleges, private colleges, etc.)
- May enjoy reduced work hours during non-peak recruitment season (summer months).
- Opportunities for professional development are available (both on-campus and conferences).
- Some employers require previous experience in admissions.
- Mobility (across schools) is a key factor, though not required, for advancement.
- Low salaries lead to high turnover (The average admissions counselors stays in their position for three years.)
- May require extensive travel (overnight, regional, and cross-country).
- High volume of work requires multi-tasking and flexibility.
- May require long hours of work during peak recruitment season (evenings and weekends).
- Budgetary cutbacks may stagnate funds for hiring and retention of these positions.
- Racial and ethnic minorities are underrepresented in key segments of admissions.
Hiring in Admissions (August 7, 2009) - Inside Higher Ed
Secret Lives of Admissions Officers (December 8, 2009) - The Daily Beast
Confessions of a College Admissions Officer (February 20, 2009) - BuzzFeed
Getting Into the Admission Office (April 8, 2013) -Inside Higher Ed
Career Paths for Admissions Officers, A Survey Report (July 2014) - National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)