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Public Administration Careers


Organizations of all types are striving to accomplish greater goals with fewer resources, and public sector entities are no exception. The Gannon University online Master of Public Administration will give you the credentials, skill set, and knowledge to achieve such goals and position you for career advancement. Leaders who bring a business-minded, data-focused approach to decision making, along with the skills and ability develop a strategic plan and then inspire a team to deliver that plan, are highly regarded in the field.

Public Sector Manager

There are a number of positions for which an MPA degree can qualify you. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), management occupations in federal, state, and local government received a median 2012 annual income about $41,000 higher than the average annual income of all federal, state, and local government occupations1. Listed below are common positions that often require an MPA degree:

  • City Manager
  • Human Resources Director
  • Public Safety Manager
  • Community Planning Manager
  • Organizational Development Manager
  • Military Administrator
  • Government Agency Manager
  • Consultant
  • Educational Administrator
  • Insurance Analyst
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Legislative Director
  • Public Works Director

Health Care Administrator

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2012 median annual pay for health care administrators was $88,580, however, earnings varied by type and size of facility and level of responsibility. The top 10% earned more than $150,000 per year. Job growth is expected to be 23% from 2012 – 2022, much faster than the national average mainly due to the aging population and increased demand for activity later in life. BLS also indicates advanced degrees such as an MPA are common2. It is becoming increasingly important to earn your MPA to stay competitive in this sector.

Nonprofit (Social and Community Service) Manager

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median 2012 annual pay for a nonprofit (social and community service) manager was $59,970. Job growth in this field is expected to be about 21% from 2012 – 2022, far above the national average. Meeting the needs of an aging population and increases in seeking addiction treatment are primary factors for such strong growth. BLS indicates many employers prefer a master’s degree such as an MPA3. Nonprofit managers will be increasingly relied upon as the need for social and human service increases, and government budgets become stretched increasingly thin. Gannon University’s online advanced public administration program supports your personal development, gives you insight into organizational development, and deepens your understanding of the relationship between an organization and its community. That type of training prepares you for greater responsibility and possibly greater financial rewards.

To find out more about the career opportunities open to you with an online MPA degree from Gannon University, request more information or call 877-497-5854 to speak with an admissions advisor.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, accessed 9/5/2014, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/999001.htm#11-0000

2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, accessed 9/5/2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm#tab-1

3Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, accessed 9/5/2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/social-and-community-service-managers.htm#tab-1