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Public Administration Careers

Organizations of all types are striving to accomplish greater goals with fewer resources, and private 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. Gannon University’s online advanced public administration curriculum 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: according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public sector management positions typically earn significantly higher wages than the average for all public sector jobs1The chart below shows the median annual salary as of July 2008 for various managerial and executive positions in the state and local government2.

City manager/Chief administrative officer                                     
Assistant chief administrative officer89,000
Information services director83,000
Human resources director78,234
Human services director75,961
Parks and recreation director71,593
Public works director71,427


 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 Employment Statistics,  accessed 4/25/2010,
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, accessed 5/2/2011,