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#1 Assess your skills and realize that you can do a few things with a Masters in Public Administration.
Off top of my head I can say that "Think Tanks", Non-Profit Organizations, and the government are viable options. It, really depends on what you would like to get accomplished.
Here is some more information that will help guide your thinking....
Television news agencies and newspapers are looking for individuals educated on public policies and programs so they can provide insight on various political situations. A MPA degree can give you the knowledge needed to provide those analyses. Jobs in the news reporting industry that can require the individual to hold a Masters of Public Administration degree can include:
The career path you wish to pursue in the news reporting sector will depend upon whether or not you feel comfortable in front of the camera or prefer to write and analyze data.
#2 Local Government Offices
Several career paths in the local government sector are available for those who have completed an MPA degree. Career paths include:
Urban Planning and Development Director
Local Transportation Board
Community Health Director
Parks and Recreation Director
Board of Directors for Education
There are many programs that need to be implemented and managed on the local level. Everything from transportation, education and community health needs to have an executive that can oversee the program, organize the workers, and understand the impact such programs will have on the community and the communitys finances.
#3 State and Federal Offices
Just as the local government needs individuals to implement, manage and supervise programs so does the state and federal governments. Career paths on the state and federal government level can include:
Working in the CIA
Cabinet Member to the President
Director of Transportation
Representative for the United Nations
Career paths on the state and federal side are very similar to those in the local government. The only difference is jobs on the federal and state level require supervision of programs that are larger than those of the local programs, and more people will be under your direct supervision.
#4 The Private Sector
Companies and businesses require the assistance of those who have finished an MPA degree program because the skills they possess are very valuable. Possible career paths in the private sector include:
CEO or COO of a Company
Director of a Company
President or Executive Vice President of a Company
Both for-profit and non-profit companies and businesses like to hire individuals who have completed their MPA degree program. The skills these individuals possess that companies want include the ability to develop programs, oversee workers and understand the impact such programs will have on the business.
The career path choices of those who wish to pursue a Masters of Public Administration degree are endless. Local, state and federal governments, as well as profit and non-profit companies are all seeking individuals with this valuable degree.
#5 Local Government Administrator
Many departments of the federal, state and local government in your area need to have accomplished and skills administrators to help them to run with the most efficiency possible. You could be involved in supervising staff, organizing budget meetings, supervising the budget, communicate with different levels of government, and create a strong bond between the community and the government agency
#6 Policy Manager
Most government agencies and nonprofit organizations have policy managers who have to have strong presentation and planning skills. Some of the most important duties in this job are to assess policies for their timeliness, reevaluate policies as needed, supervise employees, and display strong problem solving skills. You could work with a think tank that will explore if private companies and government agencies can work together on an environmental project, or you could help to obtain funding for social and educational programs.
#7 Public Housing Manager
This public administration professional oversees the entire operations of public housing within a particular housing facility. As a manager of such a facility, you need to deal with renting units, utilities, and ensure that all government regulations are followed. Also, you will need to oversee a staff of administrative and maintenance people, and also give all needed paperwork to fully document compliance with government regulations.
#8 Charity Manager or Director
An effective charity needs to raise money effectively and to administer how that money is used in various programs in the organization. Some of your most important duties will include the management of all key fundraising efforts, recruiting and training effective volunteers to accomplish key goals, and to educate the public about the importance of your charity.
#9 Budget Director
Many government agencies and nonprofit organizations need to have an effective and skilled budget director. Funds both from taxpayers and from members are limited, and those dollars have to be spent and allocated carefully. You may need to use various types of statistical analysis to determine where money can be saved, or where you need to make necessary cuts for the organization to prosper.
#10 Economic Development Director
This type of public administration professional oversees all of the programs that promote growth and development in the economic base of cities around the US. It is possible to find such positions at all levels of government city, county, state and federal.
Some of the duties include coming up with good economic development programs and plans; proposing such plans to officials; organizing economic plans to assure they are properly implemented; and then serve as an effective liaison for business interests and officials in government.
#11 Public Affairs Director
You will work in the oversight of programs that help NGOs, government agencies and nonprofits to improve and strengthen their image with the public. You may write press releases, conducting outreach programs and doing fund raising.
Some of your other duties could include keeping effective relationships with public and private sector clients; doing speechwriting and interviews, conducting evaluations of marketing programs; and doing event management in a way that will increase and improve contact between public organizations and the public.
#12 Public Relations Consultant
You will provide effective strategic advice and counsel about the community and media relations. You also may be an intermediary between the public and the organization that you work for. Some of the tasks you may do include: writing press releases, managing news conferences and related events, and working collaboratively with marketing professionals to come up with popular PR campaigns.
#13 Human Resources Director
There are many public administration-related openings available in the HR field. You may work for a government agency or a nonprofit, or possibly a private company. You will recruit, interview and choose job candidates, administer the organizations benefits and compensation, and resolve any issues between employees and management.
#14 Foreign Service Officer
Officers in the Foreign Service promote peace and prosperity by advancing the interests of the United States all through the world. Foreign Service Officers work at 250 international consulates and embassies around the world. The State Department administers the Foreign Service and offers exciting career options in business management, engineering, foreign affairs, human resources, office support and senior executive service.
#15 Public Administration Consultant
As a consultant, you can analyze the operations of a public or private sector entity and make recommendations on how they can achieve their goals and increase efficiencies. You also may work on how to increase funding for that organization, or assist in developing policy to help the organization meet their goals.
#16 Association Executive
Even though an association is a nonprofit and does not really make money, this organization still needs to be run in the most cost-effective manner possible. The operating budget comes from donations and association dues, so that money must be spent very carefully. As an executive for this type of organization, you will set goals, advance the agenda for members, and monitor the associations budget.
#17 City Manager
You will be responsible for supervising all day to day activities of the city for which you work. You also can fulfill these types of job duties as the manager of a county.. You will need to carefully manage all operations and budgets for each underlying department in your city or county. Tax dollars are becoming more scarce in economic hard times, so every city and county needs an effective manager to minimize expenditures.
Hope this helps.
Make sure you look into your passion and not the dollar signs !