Public administration is a field in which leaders serve communities to advance the common good and effect positive change. Public administration professionals are equipped with skills to manage at all levels of government (local, state, and federal) as well as nonprofit organizations. Skills employed across the field of public administration such as project management and program management are often transferrable to the private sector.
While the day-to-day responsibilities of public administrators can vary greatly depending on the type of organization they work for, the common thread among public administrators is most typically a deep commitment to serve their communities and contribute to their overall improvement. The term “public service” is used frequently in the field of public administration, and it is this desire to serve the public good that calls people to become a public administrator.