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Public Administration Degree - Online and Campus Programs

Earn Your Degree at a Public Administration School

An education in public administration could pave the way for a career in governmental and other management fields, including health care administration, human resources management, or city management. Public administration graduates will learn to set public policy, plan budgets, and work for elected officials by taking courses in public policy, economics, political science, accounting, sociology, and psychology. Public administration graduates can work for government agencies, nonprofit groups, in private business, within schools, or in think tanks. A successful career in public administration requires excellent problem solving and research skills, strong analytical skills, outstanding communication skills, and the ability to work well as a team player.

Growing Your Public Administration Career

There are a number of career paths available to the public administration school graduate, including:
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Manager
  • Public Policy Administrator
  • Public Policy Manager
  • Government Policy Administrator
  • Government Policy Manager
With a degree in public administration, you'll be able to focus on organizational governance, finance, and administration, allowing for opportunities in local, state, or federal government, in public service sectors such as health care, or in non-profit organizations. A successful career in public administration requires excellent problem solving and research skills, strong analytical skills, outstanding communication skills, and the ability to work well as a team player. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job opportunities in public administration in the healthcare field are expected to grow 16 percent through 2018. Median annual salary of public administrators in medical and health services was $80,240 in May 2008.