What Can I Do with A Degree in Public Administration?

Public Administration is a broad field with many diverse career paths and opportunities. Students can decide which career path most interests them based on their short-term/long-term career goals. One suggestion to consider for discovering which career path is best suited for you is to job shadow, conduct informational interviews, and apply for internships. These experiences in addition to your current knowledge, skills, and experience will prepare you to make an informed decision.  Sometimes a career opportunity arises that was not previously considered, which may lead you to a new and challenging career path.

The UConn Center for Career Development launched ‘Career Communities’ webpages with numerous career resources. The Public Administration career cluster is part of the Government, Public Administration, Law, and Non-Profits Community. This Career Community provides students with information regarding potential professions in the field, internship/job opportunities, skills required in the field, the Husky Mentor Network alumni members who majored in the Public Administration field and/or currently working in the field, as well as Vault Career Guides, blogs, and articles. The Husky Mentor Network is a great tool to conduct informational interviews.

The UConn Department of Public Policy located at the Hartford campus provides students with the opportunity to explore the public administration field. They offer students a Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) degree program.  MPA students have the opportunity to participate in internships to gain knowledge, skills, and ‘real world’ experience. Click here to review the Department of Public Policy website.

Below is a list of diverse career path options to consider in the field of Public Administration:

  • Federal Career
  • Civil Service
  • Education Administrators
  • Administrative Service Managers
  • Public Administration Consultant
  • Executive or Program Director
  • Director of Development
  • Program/Budget Analyst
  • Case Manager
  • City Manager/Mayor/U.S. Secretary
  • Housing Specialist
  • Research Associate
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • And more . . .

For additional information about Public Administration Career Paths, check out this article on 25 exciting career paths in Public Administration.

If you are a UConn Husky student/alumnus and would like to discuss career paths in Public Administration, click here to make a virtual appointment with a career coach.

By Robin Shefts
Robin Shefts Assistant Director (Hartford Campus) Robin Shefts