What Can You Do With A Major In Public Administration?


Public Administration can be described as a link between politics and public policy. It involves the goals and problems of public administration, and how it ties into various aspects of planning, organization, management, and analysis in the public sector at the national, state, and local levels. This field pertains to those interested in careers such as urban planning, international organizations, non-profit institutions, and government-relations work in private firms.


Typical Career Paths

Local Government
State Government
Federal Government
Political Support Groups
Lobbying Organizations
Non Profit
International Affairs



General Administration
Health Administration
Local Government Policy and Administration
Nonprofit Management

Certificate Programs:
Certificate in Non Profit Management
Certificate in Conflict Transformation
Certificate in Applied Ethics


Some Related Career Titles

To research these titles and more go to: (Occupational Outlook Handbook) 

Foreign Service Officer
Governmental Treasury Officer
Admissions Officer
Election Officer
Political Geographer
Intelligence Specialist
Assistant City Manager
Administrative Assistant
Research Assistant
Civil Preparedness Officer
Intergovernmental Relations Officer
Law Enforcement Officer
Job Developer
Public Opinion Pollster
Security Consultant
Survey Research Consultant
Media Elections Analyst
Economic Risks Analyst
Quality Control Specialist
Media Elections Analyst
Public Affairs Officer
Fund-raising Specialist
Claims Examiner
Legislative Analyst
Court Administrator
Legal Investigator
Parole Officer
Corrections Officer



Typical Employers/Work Settings

School Districts
Legislative Agencies
State Government Agencies
Federal Government Agencies
Local Government Agencies
Public Parties And Civic Groups
Law Enforcement
Political Action Committees
Political Campaigns
Lobbying Organizations
Professional Associations
Labor Unions
Retail Stores
Insurance Companies
Consulting Firms
Research Organizations


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Beginning Salary Range: 

According to http://www.simplyhired.com, the average salary for Public Administration is $53,000 per year.

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Link To UNF Academic program


The Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida offers a Master of Public Administration with tracks in General Administration, Health Administration, National Security, and Local Government Policy and Administration.

The UNF Masters of Public Administration is a nationally-accredited degree program intended to prepare students for successful careers as managers in the public and nonprofit sectors.



Job Search Links


City of Jacksonville Human Resources
City of Jacksonville Beach Employment Opportunities
City of St. Augustine Employment
Clay County Job Opportunities
Nassau County Employment Opportunities
Putnam County Human Resources
St. John's County Current Employment Opportunities
Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida Job Database
State of Florida Jobs
U.S. Federal Government Jobs
NASPAA's ‘Go Public Service'
APPAM's ‘Careers in Public Service and Management
ARNOVA ‘Career Services

Human Services/Non-Profit/Counseling  

Educational Consulting/Human Resources/Research & Evaluation  

State and Federal Government Job Search  



Links to Professional Associations 

American Society for Public Administration 
The American Political Science Association Online 
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration 
Public Administration and Management 
National Academy of Public Administration 
Institute of Public Administration 
Public Relations Society of America


Graduate School Information 

University of North Florida 
http://www.gradschools.com-Comprehensive website for graduate school information
http://www.petersons.com- Peterson's Guides to graduate schools

http://www.VillanovaU.com/MPA- online course: Master of Public Administration through Villanova University


Holland Codes


Public Administration- Enterprising; Social; Realistic (ESR) 
Public Policy- Social; Enterprising; Investigative  (SEI)

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview with or shadow a professional in the field to gain more knowledge about this career
  • Do at least one internship related to your career goal/program of study before graduating to gain experience
  • Get involved in volunteer work and community service
  • Develop leadership skills through on-campus activities such as Presidential Envoys, Residence Assistant, Student Government, Peer Advisor, etc.
  • Develop team skills through involvement in student clubs and organizations on campus
  • Join a professional association related to your career choice
  • Volunteer for national or local campaigns