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Public Administration

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Public administration employment opportunities vary by region and specialty. Public sector jobs are expected to grow at an average to above-average rate. Entry-level positions range between $25,000 to $45,000 depending upon one’s field of interest and expertise. 

Perhaps most obviously, chief executives of government often hold degrees in public administration. As a government executive such as a Governor, Mayor or Township Supervisor, it is one’s responsibility to direct and coordinate the administration of city (or township, county, State, etc.) government in accordance with policies determined by an authorized legislative body. They also appoint department heads and staffs as provided by state laws or local ordinances. Salary information varies widely depending on the location and policies of the local legislature, as well as the scope of one’s responsibility. However, the average wage reported in 2015 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for Chief Executives in government was $185,850.

There are several other public servant occupations that one can pursue with a degree in public administration. The following is a list of some of the more common positions, including information on the average annual salary made by employees in 2008, as reported by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA):

  • City or County Clerks - $49,414
  • City or County Treasurers - $46,020
  • City Managers - $94,992
  • Health Officer - $70,966
  • Human Resources Directors - $78,234
  • Information Services Directors - $83,000
  • Financial Officer - $79,045
  • Fire Chiefs - $79,123
  • Park Superintendents - $71,593
  • Police Chiefs - $54,143

It is important to note that although each of these sectors may possess entry-level positions where a Bachelor’s degree is sufficient requirement, for most executive-level positions (and the salary levels reported here), an advanced degree in public administration (or a related field such as Business or Policy) may be necessary.

For more information about employment opportunities, please contact WTAMU's Career Services Center at http://www.wtamu.edu/student-support/cs-home.aspx.