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PRINCIPAL - VOCATIONAL SCHOOL, IN-DEPTH: Being A Principal Is Like Having A Baby

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Marcus, the principal of a vocational school, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. Marcus tells us that he loves his work, but that it takes a lot of time and commitment, much like having a baby. He expands on this analogy, saying, "I nurture it. I sleep on it. It keeps me up at night. I love it more than it loves me back."

School: Lamar University
Degree: Educational Administration and Supervision - Student Counseling and Personnel Services - Political Science
Job Title: Principal of the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy
Employer: Waco Independent School District

Job Summary: Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School

Job Description

Elementary, middle, and high school principals lead teachers and other members of school staff. They manage the day-to-day operations of elementary, middle, and high schools. They set goals and objectives and evaluate their school's progress toward meeting them.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Most states require public school principals to be licensed as school administrators. Licensure requirements vary from state to state, but most require a master’s degree or some other training. Some require candidates to pass a test and take continuing education classes to keep their license.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$60,000 - $130,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Leadership ability, People skills, Empathy, Organizational skills

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m='9680'>the</span> <span m='9750'>job</span> <span m='10020'>is</span> <span m='10130'>making</span> <span m='10420'>those</span> <span m='10600'>very</span> <span m='10870'>tough</span> <span m='11090'>decisions</span> <span m='12420'>that</span> <span m='12600'>people</span> <span m='12910'>usually</span> <span m='13370'>don't</span> <span m='13600'>like</span> <span m='13820'>to</span> <span m='13920'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='16245'>What</span> <span m='16670'>are some</span> <span m='16850'>of the</span> <span m='17000'>key</span> <span m='17970'>decisions</span> <span m='18390'>you've</span> <span m='18490'>made</span> <span m='18860'>in</span> <span m='19050'>your</span> <span m='19160'>life or</span> <span m='19430'>your career</span> <span m='19895'>that led</span> <span m='20360'>to</span> <span m='20825'>where you</span> <span m='21290'>are today?</span> </p><p><span m='22220'>I</span> <span m='22460'>believe</span> <span m='22800'>the</span> <span m='23060'>best</span> <span m='23320'>decision</span> <span m='23660'>I ever</span> <span m='23900'>made</span> <span m='24150'>was</span> <span m='24330'>to</span> <span m='24450'>find</span> <span m='24850'>a</span> <span m='24980'>great</span> <span m='25320'>mentor,</span> <span m='26400'>a</span> <span m='26550'>great</span> <span m='26860'>leader</span> <span m='27590'>that</span> <span m='27760'>would</span> <span m='28040'>help</span> <span m='28250'>me</span> <span m='28350'>make</span> <span m='28560'>the</span> <span m='28640'>best</span> <span m='28870'>decisions</span> <span m='29320'>possible,</span> <span m='29730'>both</span> <span m='30450'>personally</span> <span m='30900'>and</span> <span m='31150'>professionally.</span> </p><p><span m='32746'>How</span> <span m='33240'>difficult</span> <span m='33590'>is it</span> <span m='33890'>to</span> <span m='34020'>become</span> <span m='34360'>a</span> <span m='34700'>principal?</span> </p><p><span m='36560'>I'd</span> <span m='36830'>say</span> <span m='37000'>it's</span> <span m='37180'>fairly</span> <span m='37490'>difficult.</span> <span m='38050'>What</span> <span m='38150'>you</span> <span m='38370'>want to</span> <span m='38560'>do</span> <span m='38810'>is you</span> <span m='38910'>want</span> <span m='39170'>to</span> <span m='39480'>love</span> <span m='39800'>kids,</span> <span m='40120'>and</span> <span m='40210'>you</span> <span m='40300'>want</span> <span m='40490'>to</span> <span m='40610'>be</span> <span m='40840'>able</span> <span m='41060'>to</span> <span m='41700'>serve</span> <span m='42090'>others.</span> <span m='42790'>That's</span> <span m='43130'>the</span> <span m='43220'>first</span> <span m='43440'>thing</span> <span m='43590'>I'd</span> <span m='43700'>tell you.</span> </p><p><span m='43860'>Is</span> <span m='44000'>it</span> <span m='44060'>difficult?</span> <span m='44530'>No.</span> <span m='45120'>If</span> <span m='45440'>you</span> <span m='45580'>have</span> <span m='45720'>the</span> 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