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Career Options for Public Administration and Urban Studies Majors

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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.



REQUIRED ABILITIES

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:*

Analytical Communication Quantitative
Understanding laws / case histories
Isolating specific from general
Planning / administering programs
Reviewing / evaluating ideas
Translating theory into action
Speaking effectively / persuasively
Writing comprehensively
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?

  • 40% in Government sector of the economy
  • 50% in the private, for-profit sector of the economy
  • 5% self-employed with own professional businesses or practices
  • 3% in the nonprofit sector
  • 2% in educational institutions



WHAT IS THE WORK?

GENERAL EDUCATION PUBLIC PARTIES/CIVIC GROUPS
Reporter
Administrative Assistant
Research assistant
Economic development planner
News analyst / editor
Real estate agent

Teacher
Admissions officer
Adult vocational counselor
Research assistant
Administrative Assistant

Public opinion pollster
Congressional aide
Media elections analyst
Campaign consultant
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
Election officer
Security consultant
Employment interviewer
Program manager
Research analyst
Public affairs officer
Financial adviser
Director, industrial relations
Purchasing agents
Legislative analyst
Assistant public defender
Court administrator
Arbitrator
Legal investigator
Parole/Corrections/Probation
officers
Para legal research assistant
Police officer

 

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:

  • secretarial and reception
  • administration
  • payroll
  • conference planning and travel
  • information and data processing
  • mail
  • materials scheduling / distribution
  • printing and reproduction
  • records management
  • telecommunications management
  • security
  • parking
  • personal property procurement, supply, disposal

Facility managers plan, design, and manage facilities, calling into play knowledge in business practices, architecture, psychology, and engineering.


BUDGET ANALYSTS

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.

EDUCATION ADMINISTRATORS

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.



SALARIES

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


WEB SITES OF INTEREST

The Council of State Governments
International City Management Association (ICMA)
National Association of Counties
National League of Cities
Study Abroad Scholarships, Fellowships, and Postdoctoral Awards
Federal Grants
Free Scholarship Info
More "Free" Information
Scholarships for International Study

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