Public Administration Career Path

Public Administration Career Path

People looking for Public Administration Jobs have several careers paths to choose from.

Foreign Service. People in foreign policy public administration jobs serve in embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions. They analyze political and economic events and help American citizens abroad.

Governance. Public administration jobs on this pathway feature elected and appointed officials responsible for making and executing public policy. This pathway includes governors and state legislators, councilpersons and commissioners, as well as the staff members who support them. Careers in this pathway often require working with constituents or interest groups with conflicting goals.

National Security. People entering national security public administration careers help maintain a strong national defense by programming computers, operating nuclear reactors, repairing and maintaining equipment, etc. The military provides training and work experience in these and other fields.

Planning. People with jobs in public administration planning work to develop land-use plans that encompass growth and renewal of urban, suburban and rural communities. Planners promote optimal use of resources for residential, commercial, institutional and recreational purposes.

Public Management. Public administration jobs that focus on public management are found in government agencies and public corporations and trusts. These agencies have strict standards for the management of public resources. Public management careers require budgeting skills, personnel management, procurement, and knowledge of regulations and policies.

Regulation. Regulation pathway public administration jobs suit people who possess technical knowledge about financial, public utility and transportation industries, the environment, and/or technology. Their work includes conducting physical inspections, audits, and investigations.

Revenue and Taxation. Public administration careers along the revenue and taxation pathway feature workers who ensure that governments receive revenues by collecting taxes, conducting audits, monitoring taxes payable and collecting overdue tax dollars.


Earning Potential

Employment and >salaries for administrative services managers vary by geographic region and specialty to another, but jobs in the public sector are expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014. Salaries for entry level public administration jobs range from $25,000 to $45,000 per year.


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