Online Public Administration Degree - Careers

A Variety of Career Opportunities in Service

SNHU's online degree in Public Administration prepares you for careers in a range of organizations and industries. You can embark on a career in government or government agencies at the city, state, national or international levels. You might also pursue employment at charitable or nonprofit organizations, universities, quasi-government organizations or private businesses. Positions range from organizational governance to administration to finance.

Public Administration Career Opportunities

Public administration career opportunities are expected to grow at about the same rate as other occupations through 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Growth will come from the continued need for municipal governments to provide services such as fire protection, criminal justices systems, public works, libraries, schools, public health, transportation, housing and development due to an expanding population. Employment opportunities for those with a degree in Public Administration and public administration experience are increasing in the private sector as regulation becomes more complex.

Potential online public administration degree career opportunities may include:

  • Administrative specialist
  • Program analyst
  • Budget analyst
  • Administrative services manager
  • Nonprofit administrator
  • Public relations specialist
  • Public utilities specialist
  • Disaster response specialist

Learning Outcomes

As part of your course work in the online Public Administration degree program, you will learn how to:

  • Acquire an applied, comprehensive knowledge of the structure, responsibilities and opportunities of public administration in a variety of community settings.
  • Recognize and define public sector departments, delivery systems, management hierarchy and organizational behaviors.
  • Identify the origins and elements of public budgets and fiscal management.
  • Develop skills to analyze, assess, and address social, economic and development issues within a public administration setting.

Public Administration Career Resources

Career Opportunities

SNHU Career Planning and Job Search Resources
Access SNHU Career Development Center resources for career planning and job search information.

Public Service Careers
The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, the American Society for Public Administration, and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration partnered to create this website that is a source for careers in the public sector.

Professional Associations

American Society for Public Administration
ASPA is the leading interdisciplinary public service organization that advances the art, science, teaching, and practice of public and nonprofit administration; promotes the value of joining and elevating the public service profession; builds bridges among all who pursue public purposes at home and internationally; provides networking and professional development opportunities to those committed to public service values; and achieves innovative solutions to the challenges of governance.

Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management
The Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education.

National Academy of Public Administration
Established in 1967 and chartered by Congress, the National Academy of Public Administration is a nonprofit, independent coalition of top public management and organizational leaders who tackle the nation's most critical and complex challenges.

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