Public Administration involves leading, organizing, financing, and managing organizations that focus on public and not-for-profit service. A degree in public administration helps prepare you for work in government organizations, public and not-for-profit service, and graduate or law school.
Some public administrators are highly visible, even though we don't always think of them as public administrators, like police officers, firefighters, and teachers. Others work in government such as city managers and department heads ranging from the head of the local public works department to the head of the FBI. In addition, people who work and volunteer with non-profit entities are often grouped with public administrators since they tend to share common values such as helping those in need and upholding democratic/constitutional values.
Listed below are some examples of public administration job titles.
Community development director
Community relations specialist
Consumer safety inspector
Contract negotiator/compliance officer
Employee development director
Foreign affairs specialist
Human resource manager
International relations specialist
Labor management specialist
Non-profit agency director
Peace corps volunteer coordinator
Public affairs specialist
Public health administrator
Public utilities manager
Urban and regional planner