Most employers require at least a bachelor's degree in education, counseling, or a related discipline, but prefer a master's degree. Along with education, several years of experience in a related occupation or management is also required. Some of these professionals move into this role after several years of teaching or managing recruitment.
Salary can vary for this occupation based on several factors, such as employer and geographical location. Some educational institutions have several career services directors, each assigned to different departments and study disciplines. Others have only one career service director who oversees career programs for the entire student population. As of March 2011, the median salary was $69,123 per year, according to salary tracking site Salary.com.
The salary for a career services director ranges from $39,233 at the 10th percentile to $95,393 per year at the 90th percentile. The 25th percentile annual salary figure is $53,477 per year, and it is $82,874 at the 75th percentile.
The median salary is approximately 92.9 percent of the total compensation package of a career services director. Most employers offer a benefits package and paid time off along with salary. The total median compensation, including salary and benefits, is $74,411 per year.