If you’re interested in working for either a non-profit organization or the government, a degree in Public Administration may be what you’re looking for. Public Administration majors cover everything from making sure the local police station has all the resources it needs to put bad guys behind bars to making sure the local animal shelter has enough volunteers. Any service that’s provided to the public and needs administration (oh, I get the name now) involves someone in Public Administration. You’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree to get started, but a master’s degree will likely serve you better.
Public Administration majors often care about causes. They’re the type to either donate to or join in walks for disease awareness, to donate blood every chance they get, and to campaign for a candidate they really believe in. Public Administration majors want to improve the world around them, and see this major as one way to do that for a living.
Public Administration majors are good at bringing people together. They’re like diplomats, but not necessarily of the international variety. More and more computer skills are needed, too, but that’s not a deal breaker … yet.
If a thankless career of behind the scenes work sounds like just about the worst future in the world, you won’t be very satisfied with a career in Public Administration. It’s not always without its perks, but most individuals who are in this major aren’t in it for the fame.
Public Administration majors learn an awful lot about how the government works. They learn negotiation techniques and communication skills. They also learn about budgeting, policy making and diplomacy.
In the government sector, there’s jobs for Public Administration majors at all levels. Your city mayor or city council may call the shots on what gets done, but your hired Public Administration major is the one who knows how to get it done. In the private sector, Public Administration majors may work as grant writers for a non-profit organization or a lobbyist for a big money corporation.
You’ll want to be well rounded in your high school classes. Don’t spend too much time taking gym classes at the expense of math or science, but don’t be afraid to take an extra sports class or two. You’ll want to be able to relate with all people, and a variety of classes in high school will help you do that.
Do plenty of networking while you’re in college. You don’t have to be an elected official in your student government, but you could certainly assist those who are. You should get involved in clubs and organizations that grab your attention, and keep a running list of the service projects you take part in for your resume.