Gain an introduction to public administration with a new degree

Does a career in public administration, government, and nonprofit leadership sound interesting? Jackson College now offers a new public administration and management degree program, with associate degree and certificate options available.

Public administration careers involve management and leadership as they apply to the public sector (i.e., the government and non-profit organizations). It brings together the study of business, government, law, economics and community service. Individuals interested in public administration will benefit from good organizational and communication skills.

About the Degree

Students gain an overview of the field of public administration and management by focusing on both theory and practical knowledge. They will develop and enhance management skills essential to public and nonprofit organizations’ orientation towards evolving communities. The public administration and management program offers an opportunity to earn an Associate of Arts degree and transfer to a four-year university program of public administration. Students may prepare for entry-level employment as public administrators; graduates with the public management skills and analytical techniques are needed for successful careers in government, nonprofit, and other business-related fields.

“You will understand how the public and private sector work together, how decisions are made and understand budgets and public finance from a leadership perspective,” said Clevester Moten, Ph.D., a business instructor who is crafting the new public administration curriculum. Moten brings an in-depth background in human services and public administration. “Working with the public, you will also understand social equity and inclusion and how to utilize those concepts as a community stakeholder and leader.”

Career Outlook 

Public administration job titles vary, but overall employment is expected to increase faster than average in the coming years. Some possible job opportunities include:

Budget analyst, $78,050 per year

Urban planner, $70,680

Social service manager, $67,540

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