Careers in Public Administration

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Bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees are offered in public administration, which is similar to business management. Public administrators work in all areas of government, including finance, policy and management.

City Manager

  • Many cities are run by managers instead of mayors. City managers oversee most areas of a city bureaucracy, including finance, personnel, policy and other departments.

City Planner

  • City planners help design just about everything in a city, from the height of buildings to placement of park benches. In addition to public administration, planners rely on a background in engineering.

Association Executive

  • Public administrators work outside of government in executive director positions for a variety of non-profits and associations. Organizations ranging from small trade groups to large charities hire public administrators to run programs, advance policy and work with government agencies.

Social Worker

  • An advanced degree in public administration may lead to a career in social work. Masters level public administrators often find work running departments of agencies that provide social services, such as foster care or drug rehabilitation nonprofits.

Federal Government

  • There are many choices in federal agencies. Public administrators are qualified to work for congressional representatives, run agencies, develop and implement policy or analyze budgets.

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