Graduate Salary
5-7 years
Avg Length

Public Administration Requirements

A degree in public administration provides students with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of organizations and operations in the public sector, as well as specialized knowledge and skills necessary for career development. A public administration degree can focus on organizational governance, finance, and administration. It is designed for managers, administrative officers, front-line service providers, policy analysts and those preparing for employment and advancement in federal, provincial or municipal government; healthcare and animal welfare; social service agencies and other public or non-profit organizations.

Public Administration Careers

The career trajectory of people with a Public Administration degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Public Administration degrees have experience in is Urban Planner, followed by Fundraising Manager, Budget Analyst, Cartographer, Political Scientist, Human Resources Manager, Chief Executive, Executive Assistant, Economist, and Public Relations Specialist.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Urban Planner 1.3% 0.1% 13.7×
Fundraising Manager 3.3% 0.2% 20.6×
Budget Analyst 2.1% 0.0% 88.1×
Cartographer 0.7% 0.0% 13.7×
Political Scientist 6.3% 0.2% 40.6×
Human Resources Manager 1.5% 0.5% 2.8×
Chief Executive 1.4% 0.1% 18.6×
Executive Assistant 1.9% 0.7% 2.7×
Economist 1.2% 0.2% 5.5×
Public Relations Specialist 3.1% 0.3% 9.4×

Public Administration Salary

Public Administration graduates earn on average $36k, putting them in the 45th percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
25th (bottom earners) $23k
Median (average earners) $36k
75th (top earners) $60k

Public Administration Underemployment

Public Administration graduates are moderately employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

Employment Type Proportion of graduates
Jobs that don't require college 72%
Part-Time 17%
Low-paying 12%

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