Higher Education

In addition to professors, instructors and researchers, higher education also employs admissions and student affairs professionals, health care workers, event planners, project managers, development staff and many other roles.

The path to the professoriate requires an advanced (usually terminal) degree, and often has rigorous expectations for research, publications, teaching and service. If you're considering a career as a faculty member, consult with your professors to learn more about which Ph.D. programs they recommend for you, based on your specific areas of research interest. Consider which programs will allow you to find an adviser who shares your interests.

Colleges and universities also rely heavily on staff. Just look around you to see the wide range of roles filled by administrators and staff at Princeton. You can find student life professionals, coaches, fundraisers, admissions counselors, facilities mangers, lawyers, healthcare providers, public relations professionals, and many more. Many of these roles also require advanced degrees, varying by field.

Gaining experience

If you're interested in working in any role in higher education, conduct informational interviews with staff and faculty at Princeton whose job you find interesting. For those interested in academia, connect with professors in your department for research assistant roles.

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Examples of job titles and roles
  • Professor
  • Admissions officer
  • Academic adviser
  • Student life professional
  • Diversity officer
  • Financial aid administrator
  • Alumni relations administrator
  • Researcher
  • Lecturer
  • Assistant/associate/full professor
Professional organizations and associations

Professional organizations and associations are membership-based groups comprised of people working in a similar field. They can be helpful resources for students to learn more about a field, develop connections and discover related opportunities. You can search for related organizations and associations using a database provided by the Princeton University Library.

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