Careers With an MPA Degree


Choosing a master's degree in public administration allows individuals to gain the knowledge and technical skills to pursue careers in private organizations, non-profit associations and government sectors. Government sectors include local, federal and state positions. Those interested in a public administration career should work on their public speaking and interpersonal skills.

Community Economic Development Director

  • Community economic development directors are responsible for monitoring community programs and reporting on community data. Some community data collected involves housing, employment and education. These professionals interact with business owners, city council members and mayors. Some employers seek applicants with a master's in public administration with public service experience, knowledge of city planning and economics. An April 2010 report shows an average annual wage of $98,136, according to Career Builder.

Deputy City Manager

  • Deputy city managers work under the direction of city managers and assistant city managers. Some duties involve establishing annual department budgets, reviewing city programs and participating in city council meetings. These professionals hold a master's in public administration and have knowledge of municipal government. An April 2010 report shows the average annual wage for deputy city managers is $169,388, according to Career Builder.

Housing Management Officer

  • Housing management officers are concerned with examining housing trends and advising housing authorities about issues. Some housing issues include providing affordable housing for low-income families and reducing neighborhood crime. Employers seek management officers with a master's degree in public administration or business administration with knowledge of housing policies. Career Builder has an April 2010 report showing the average annual wage for housing management officers is $89,450.

Senior Budget Analyst

  • Senior budget analysts are hired to manage city budgets. These financial professionals are responsible for participating in budget meetings, helping with budget proposals and updating fiscal reports. Some employers seek analysts with a master's degree in public administration or finance. Other employers accept applicants with a bachelor's degree and knowledge of public budgeting. The average annual wage for budget analysts is $67,568, according to an April 2010 report on Career Builder.

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