Exciting Education Administration Opportunities

Elementary, middle, and high school principals are responsible for managing all school operations. They manage daily school activities, coordinate curricula, and oversee teachers and other school staff to provide a safe and productive learning environment for students.

Work Environment

Principals work in public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. Most principals work year round.

How to Become an Elementary, Middle, or High School Principal

Principals typically need a master's degree in education administration or leadership. Most principal positions require candidates to have work experience as a teacher.


The median annual wage for elementary, middle, and high school principals was $87,760 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of elementary, middle, and high school principals is projected to grow 6 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increases in school enrollments.

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