Government and Public Administration FAQ

Government and public administration workers help pass and enforce the law. You could work in national, state, or local government. You’ll find every type of occupation within the government, including some jobs that are only found within government. For example, you might inspect new or remodeled buildings for safety, help people file the paperwork for a marriage license, or create proposals for urban development.


Is Government and Public Administration a good career path?

The Government and Public Administration cluster has about 1.3 million jobs and is projected to grow by 4.5% over the next 10 years. Annual compensation for jobs in this cluster ranged from $35,000 to $107,000 in 2021.

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Would a career in Government and Public Administration cluster be a good fit for me?

  • There are seven different pathways that can lead you to a Government and Public Administration career ranging from National Security to Governance. You could have a broad range of interests that might lead you to public service.
  • If you’re interested in politics or rules and laws are important to you, this may be the career for you.
  • If you are interested in politics or like to analyze the impact of policies, regulations, and laws, you might want to learn more about this career path. 

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What are some examples of careers in Government and Public Administration?

Here are some examples of careers in the Government and Public Administration cluster based on the general level of education needed to get hired in this career. Looking for more?  Explore careers here!

High School Education or Lower  Bachelor’s Degree or Higher 
Court, municipal, or license clerk Transportation security screener
Compliance officer Legislator

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