Careers in Public Administration

Managerial and Leadership Roles in Government and Public Organizations

Students interested managerial and leadership roles in public organizations (including non-profit organizations) or various branches of the government are well prepared for any number of careers in public administration with a master's degree from Florida Tech. Jobs exist in many sectors including local, state and federal governmental organizations, regulatory agencies, research institutions, political environments and private consulting.

Career Outlook

Careers in public administration encompass the type of jobs where individuals analyze information, oversee expenditures, draft and implement governmental and public policy, manage people and resources, serve as consultants, manage resources and a host of other duties considered part of the public interest. Jobs include dealing with the critical issues of an organizations operation and success, while at the same time working to contain expenses, stay abreast of regulations, and connect with citizens, governmental representatives and employees.

The American Society for Public Administration is the largest and most prominent professional association for public administration. The association provides networking and career advancement opportunities for its members, as well as an online career center, newspaper, research journal (Public Administration Review), and the latest news in the industry. As the authority on the industry, graduates can reference their website to review employment and salary trends, search and apply for internships, network in the forum, and apply for jobs.

Common careers in public administration include:

  • State Government Analyst
  • Program Coordinator
  • Program Manager
  • Policy Analyst
  • Statistician
  • Research Associate
  • Marketing/Public Affairs Specialist
  • Chief Administrative Officer
  • Finance Manager

Salary Expectations

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, in 2012 the median annual salary of individuals holding a master's degree in public administration was $67,600 – $12,200 higher than for individuals with only a bachelor's degree. In most cases, a person earning a master's degree recovers the cost of the degree program through increased earnings in less than a decade after graduation.

Salaries for careers in public administration vary depending on the industry, company or specific duties. Entry-level salaries for the different job sectors (public, private or non-profit) also vary. The American Society for Public Administration online career center at publicservicecareers.org offers the most comprehensive and useful information about careers in the field.