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Residential Advisors

Coordinate activities in resident facilities, such as college dorms or group homes.

Quick Facts

Wages:

Below the statewide median
$18.85 / hour    Read more about wages

Outlook:

Well above statewide average
Growth rate:  12%    Read more about outlook

Education:

High School or less is typically required.

On the Job:

Typical Work Tasks
  • Administer first aid.
  • Communicate with management or other staff to resolve problems.
  • Monitor environment to ensure safety.
  • Monitor patron activities to identify problems or potential problems.
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Job Title Examples:

Residence Hall Director
Resident Assistant
Resident Director

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Wages & Outlook

 

Typical Wages

Wages listed below are for a variety of experience and education levels. Make sure that you research the typical entry-level education and work experience and training requirements for this occupation.

This career: $18.85
Statewide median: $21.49

 

This career pays below the statewide median wage.


Wages for Residential Advisors *

Area Low Median High
U S
$11.90 $14.41 $18.10
Minnesota
$16.80 $18.85 $21.98
Central Minnesota
$15.42 $17.57 $20.65
Northeast Minnesota
$14.72 $16.75 $20.22
Northwest Minnesota
$17.20 $19.84 $22.96
Southeast Minnesota
$17.37 $18.65 $19.94
Southwest Minnesota
$17.66 $20.16 $23.26
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN
$16.90 $19.59 $24.07

* "Low" indicates 25% of workers earn less and 75% earn more.
"Median" indicates 50% of workers earn less and 50% earn more.
"High" indicates 75% of workers earn less and 25% earn more.

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Employment

In Minnesota, there are 2,560 workers employed in this small career.

Where do Residential Advisors most often work?

 

Current Demand

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This career is currently in very high demand.

 

Future Demand   This career is projected to grow much faster than average.

This career is seeing very high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 4,143 new Residential Advisors to meet market demand between 2018-2028. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

 

Employment Outlook for Residential Advisors
Area Employment Employment Change
2018 2028 Number Percent
U S 115,800 129,600 13,900 12%
Minnesota 2,367 2,678 311 13.1%
Central Minnesota 236 282 46 19.5%
Northeast Minnesota 176 206 30 17%
Northwest Minnesota 115 126 11 9.6%
Southwest Minnesota 247 256 9 3.6%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 962 1,108 146 15.2%



On the Job

 

Residential Advisors coordinate activities in facilities like college dorms, group homes, or similar establishments. They may order supplies, maintain household records, and assign rooms. They may help residents solve problems or help them find counseling services.

 

Typical Work Tasks

People who work in this career often:


Typical Working Conditions

 

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Education & Credentials

 

Educational Requirements

High School or less

 

Education level attained (national data)

Education Level Attained (national data)
Education Level AttainedPercentage of workers in this occupation
Less than high school diploma3.1
High school diploma or equivalent19.3
Some college, no degree31.3
Associate degree11.8
Bachelors degree25
Masters degree8.9
Doctoral (Ph.D) or professional degree0.6

 

Work Experience and Training Requirements

Nationally, this career typically requires:

  • No related work experience for entry.
  • Short-term on-the-job training to become competent.

 

Transfer Options

 

Helpful High School Courses

Examples of helpful classes that help you prepare for this career:

  • Child Development
  • Computer Applications
  • Cultural/Ethnic Studies
  • English Composition
  • Health Education
  • Personal Finance
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public Speaking
  • Safety and First Aid
  • Sociology
  • World Languages

In Minnesota, your school may have developed a Program of Study in this career area. A Program of Study is an academic and career plan developed by your high school to help move you towards a career and college path. A Program of Study can help you:

  • Select high school classes that prepare you for college and getting a job
  • Understand how the classes you're taking in high school lead to a career
  • Identify extra-curricular activities that are related to your career interest
  • See what classes at your school offer early college credit that will save you time and money towards your college expenses
  • Graduate from high school prepared for your next step toward the career you choose

Learn more about Programs of Study at your high school.


 

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Skills & Knowledge

 

Most Important Skills for Residential Advisors


 

Most Important Knowledge Areas for Residential Advisors



Interests


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Describe Your Skills


People who have worked in this career typically perform the following tasks. These statements can help a prospective employer understand what you can do, on a resume or during an interview.

  • Helping and caring for people.
  • Organizing, planning, and prioritizing work.
  • Creating and maintaining interpersonal relationships.
  • Communicating with supervisors, co-workers, or people that work under you.
  • Identifying information by categorizing, comparing, or detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Collecting information from different sources.
  • Monitoring information from a variety of sources to find problems.
  • Making decisions or solving problems.

 

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Job Title Examples


Residence Hall Director,  Resident Assistant,  Resident Director,  Hall Coordinator,  Head Resident,  Housing and Residence Life Director,  Residence Director,  Residence Life Coordinator,  Residence Life Director,  Residential Life Director 

 

Where Do Residential Advisors Work?


Residential Advisors often work in the following industries.

 

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