WHAT DO COORDINATORS DO?
Can you bring it all together? Coordinator is a broad term for a position that focuses on bringing together employees, products, clients and other resources for a company. This can be interviewing and placing employees as a Human Resource Coordinator, managing the life cycle of products as a Inventory Coordinator, choosing locations, ordering food and overseeing customer satisfaction as an event coordinator or creating and overseeing curriculum for a school system as an Instructional Coordinator.
HOW MUCH DO COORDINATORS MAKE?
Coordinator pay varies greatly on job type. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for an instructional coordinator in 2010 was $58,830. For event planners, the median was $45,260 a year. For inventory coordinators, the median was $70,800. Human resource coordinators received a median wage of $52,690.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Coordinator is an increasingly complex role in many organizations, and more and more companies are requiring a mix of work experience and at least a bachelor's degree in disciplines like business, finance, engineering, hospitality management, or human resources. For instructional coordinator, you may be required to get a master's degree in education or related fields.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
Communication Skills: You will need to be able to express your needs clearly to other employees, as well as negotiate with vendors, and sometimes clients. On any day, you could be talking to top management, or lower-level staff. Good verbal and written communication skills will be ideal for a coordinator.
Attention to Detail: The devil is in the details. A qualified coordinator will need to be able to analyze complex plans, and be able to identify mistakes and inefficiencies.
Critical Thinking Skills: You must be able to think quickly, often solving problems as they arise. Being able to think critically about these situations will help you a great deal.
Organizational Skills: You will need to do many things at once, keep track of your time, keep to a budget and keep tabs on multiple projects.