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Careers in Public Administration

Master of Public Administration

Steady Growth in a Variety of Industries

AMC’s Master of Public Administration gives public sector employees the knowledge and skills to better manage finances, efficiencies and organizational issues and the opportunity to advance to middle- and upper-level management positions.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects the public administration field to grow between 2012 and 2022, especially in the areas of state and local government jobs where more than half of all the jobs are in public administration.* In response to increasing consumer demand for health services, protective services and social services, new public administration jobs in state and local governments will be created.**

Public administration jobs can be found in the following industries:

  • Local, state and federal government agencies - Department of Sanitation, Bureau of Land Management, State and City Departments, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, etc.
  • Independent agencies – Department of Energy, Social Security Administration, Federal Election Commission, etc.
  • Nonprofit organizations – AARP, YMCA, Chambers of commerce, universities
  • Private Business – Consulting businesses, human resources, law and insurance organizations

Career Paths in Public Administration

With an online Master of Public Administration you’ll gain advanced knowledge and skills to elevate into a variety of roles, including:

  • Chief Development Officer
  • Chief Administrative Officer
  • Chief Law Enforcement Official
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Fire Chief
  • Battalion Chief
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Human Resources Manager/Director
  • Emergency Services Director
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Public Works Director
  • Political Campaign Specialist
  • City Manager/County Manager
  • Commissioner
  • Community Affairs Representative
  • Economist, analyst or manager at international, federal, state or local government levels
  • Environmental, economic or social consultant
  • Professor
  • Accountant/Auditor
  • Researcher
  • Urban planner
  • Manager or advocate for a non-profit organization

Social Service Administrator: Where Do People in Public Administration Jobs Work?

Jobs in public administration are found in a variety of industries, including local and state governments, the federal government, educational institutions, the private sector, nonprofit organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The governmental agencies offering opportunities for public administration roles include:

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • US Postal Service (USPS)

Prepare for Success

Whether you are in already in your dream career and expanding your value or searching for that position, it is within your reach. Click here to learn more online MPA from Anna Maria College or call 877-265-3201 to speak with an admissions adviser.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Career Guide to Industries, 2014-15 Edition, accessed 3/27/2014