Majors in Public Administration are interested in setting goals and organizing programs through appointed leaders which will better the quality of existing public service in federal, state, or local government, city management and urban planning, international organizations, non-profit institutions, and government relations work in private firms.
To best accomplish this, individuals must complement their existing interest in governmental organization, the administrative, political, and ethical implications thereof, contemporary issues, socio-cultural trends, and the law with the following analytical, communication, and quantitative competencies:*
|Understanding laws / case histories
Isolating specific from general
Planning / administering programs
Reviewing / evaluating ideas
Translating theory into action
|Speaking effectively / persuasively
Simplifying complex data
Comparing / compiling research
Describing / evaluating issues
|Collecting / organizing data
Analyzing data thoroughly
Developing research designs
Possessing computer/statistical skills
Negotiating and budgeting skills
*Thanks to Miami University
WHERE IS THE WORK?
WHAT IS THE WORK?
|GENERAL||EDUCATION||PUBLIC PARTIES/CIVIC GROUPS|
Economic development planner
News analyst / editor
Real estate agent
Adult vocational counselor
|Public opinion pollster
Media elections analyst
Survey research consultant
|STATE, LOCAL, NAT'L GOV'T.||BUSINESS/INDUSTRY||LAW|
|Foreign service officer
Senior health planner
Public personnel specialist
Assistant city manager
Intergovernmental relations officer
Civil preparedness officer
Public affairs officer
Director, industrial relations
Assistant public defender
Para legal research assistant
WHAT ARE SOME RELATED OCCUPATIONS?
ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES and FACILITY MANAGERS
These competent workers are found in private industry and government where the jobs are highly competitive. Depending on the organization’s size, administrative services managers are operations managers over such areas as:
Facility managers plan, design, and manage facilities, calling into play knowledge in business practices, architecture, psychology, and engineering.
Thirty-three percent of budget analysts work in competitive local, state, or federal government positions. They develop, analyze, and execute budgets for efficiency in nonprofit and government organizations as well as for profit increases in the public sector.
A master’s or doctoral degree coupled with experience as a teacher or admissions counselor helps secure the competitive jobs in higher education as well as in the more accessible elementary and secondary school levels. These positions, however, are more readily secured in private schools which are not subject to State Certification.
EMPLOYMENT INTERVIEWERS, PRIVATE OR PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT SERVICE
Most employers prefer college degrees. The growth areas will be with companies which specialize in the placement of temporary help. These personnel consultants, human resources coordinators, personnel development specialists or employment brokers, as they are known variously, evaluate both the needs of the company and the skills of the prospective employee whether for permanent or temporary placement.
GOVERNMENT CHIEF EXECUTIVES AND LEGISLATORS
Ninety percent of government chief executives and legislators can be found in local government where they were elected to their short-term positions. As in the private sector, these public managers are expected to organize programs, oversee budgets, and appoint committees which will aid in realizing the goals they have set.
HEALTH SERVICES MANAGERS
These are the planners, directors, coordinators, and supervisors who manage general healthcare facilities or systems or specific departments or services within those systems.
Because public administrator salaries can span from very little (city council) to $400,000 (U.S. President), individual job titles should be researched in the Occupational Outlook Handbook or online at o*net online.
Miscellaneous Annual Median Wage Information:
Budget Analysts: $52K National
Akron: Budget Analyst I: $43K, II: $52K, III: $63.7K
Office/Administration Services Mgrs: $56K
Operations Research Managers: $52K
Education Administration: $64K
Urban/Regional Planners: $50K
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