Government & Public Administration

The Government and Public Administration cluster is about using your passion for public service to prepare to work in a diverse array of jobs found in local, state, and federal government. Virtually every occupation can be found within this field. You may help protect our country, represent our interests abroad, or pass and enforce laws

Skills for the Government & Public Administration Industry

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Problem Solving
  • Time Management


Explore Different Careers in Government & Public Administration

Perform surveying and mapping duties to obtain data used for construction, mapmaking, boundary location, mining, or other purposes. May calculate mapmaking information and create maps from source data to show topographical features, political boundaries, and other features. May verify accuracy and completeness of maps. Includes: Aerotriangulation Specialist, Engineering Technician, Geospatial Analyst, Mapping Editor, Mapping Technician, and Photogrammetric Compilation Specialist.


Average Income: $49,200 per year


Education: Vocational or On-The-Job Training

Examine, analyze, and interpret accounting records to prepare financial statements, give advice, or audit and evaluate statements prepared by others. Install or advise on systems of recording costs or other financial and budgetary data. Includes: Accountant, Accounting Officer, Audit Partner, Auditor, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Cost Accountant, Financial Auditor, General Accountant, Internal Auditor, and Revenue Tax Specialist.


Average Income: $73,000 per year


Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Develop comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of jurisdictions, such as towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas. Includes:  City Planner, Community Development Planner, Community Planner, Development Technician, Housing Development Specialist, Neighborhood Planner, Planner, Planning Consultant, Planning Technician, and Regional Planner.


Average Income: $70,500 per year


Education: Graduate Degree

Promote or create an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media. May specialize in using social media. Includes: Communications Specialist, Community Relations Coordinator, Corporate Communications Specialist, Information and Communications Specialist, Media Relations Specialist, Public Affairs Specialist, and Public Information Officer.


Average Income: $63,700 per year


Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations, overseeing multiple departments or locations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. Includes: Business Manager, Center Manager, Department Manager, District Manager, General Manager (GM), Operations Director, Operations General Manager (Operations GM), Operations Manager, Plant Superintendent, and Store Manager.


Average Income: $112,800 per year


Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization’s budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers. Includes: Adoption Services Manager, Child Welfare Services Director, Children’s Service Supervisor, Clinical Services Director, Community Services Director, and Psychiatric Social Worker Supervisor.


Average Income: $82,600 per year


Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields. Includes: Civil Engineering Manager, Electrical Engineering Manager, Engineering Director, Engineering Group Manager, Engineering Program Manager, Mechanical Engineering Manager, Process Engineering Manager, Project Engineering Manager, and Project Manager.


Average Income: $139,400 per year


Education: Graduate Degree

Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations. Includes: Distribution Center Manager, Distribution Manager, Fleet Manager, Global Transportation Manager, Logistics Director, Logistics Operations Manager, Shipping Manager, Supply Chain Logistics Manager, Transportation Manager, and Warehouse Supervisor.


Average Income: $99,400 per year


Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Plan, direct, or coordinate one or more administrative services of an organization, such as records and information management, mail distribution, and other office support services. Includes: Administrative Coordinator, Administrative Director, Administrative Manager, Administrative Officer, Administrator, Business Administrator, and Business Manager.


Average Income: $112,800 per year


Education: On-The-Job Training

Determine eligibility of persons applying to receive assistance from government programs and agency resources, such as welfare, unemployment benefits, social security, and public housing. Includes: Benefits Program Tech (Benefits Program Technician), Business and Employment Specialist, Case Manager, Eligibility Examiner, Eligibility Specialist, Eligibility Worker, Program Eligibility Specialist, and Social Welfare Examiner (SWEX).


Average Income: $44,100 per year


Education: Associate’s Degree or On-The-Job Training

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