School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education (NOC 0422)

About this job

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School principals and administrators of elementary and secondary education:

  • plan, organize and direct the activities of teachers and other staff of an elementary or secondary school
  • are employed by public and private schools
  • plan, organize and direct the academic affairs of a school system
  • are employed by school boards
Common job titles
  • administrator, school board
  • director, education, correctional inst.
  • director, school for the blind
  • principal, private school
  • principal, school - elementary / secondary
  • principal, technical / vocational school
  • administrator, school board
  • director, education, correctional inst.
  • director, school for the blind
  • director, school for the deaf
  • principal, Aboriginal school
  • principal, business college

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$90,244

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

School principals:

  • plan, organize and direct, through department heads or supervisors, the activities of teachers and support staff
  • review programs to ensure conformance to school board or provincial standards and develop programs within limits of authority
  • co-ordinate the teaching activities of the institution by making staff assignments, determining class size and preparing timetables
  • organize and maintain procedures for the keeping of records
  • prepare and carry out institution or program budget
  • direct and co-ordinate school maintenance services and the use of school facilities
  • recruit and hire teachers and other staff
  • may teach

Administrators of elementary and secondary education:

  • plan, organize and direct, through school principals, the academic affairs of a school district
  • evaluate educational program, teaching methods and community participation in programs and revise programs as required
  • develop and carry out programs for the education and training of students and adults
  • make recommendations concerning the annual operating budget of a school district
  • direct or supervise the recruitment, appointment, training, evaluation and promotion of teaching staff

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office or school.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree in education is required.
  • A master's degree in education may be required.
  • Several years of experience as a senior teacher or department head are required.
  • A teacher's certificate for the province of employment is required.
  • School principals may require a principal's certificate.
  • Administrators of elementary and secondary education may require a supervisory officer certificate.

Skills

  • Directive
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Clerical Ability
  • Spatial Perception
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Elementary/Secondary Teaching Related

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
180
Average annual employment growth:
0.3%
Expected number of job openings:
100
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
180
Average annual employment growth:
1.2%
Expected number of job openings:
120
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
2,340
Average annual employment growth:
0.3%
Expected number of job openings:
1,210
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
110
Average annual employment growth:
0.0%
Expected number of job openings:
50
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
60
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
480
Average annual employment growth:
1.6%
Expected number of job openings:
340
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
710
Average annual employment growth:
1.6%
Expected number of job openings:
510

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is little mobility between institutional settings, for example, between elementary and secondary schools.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.