A large number of college graduates leave school with a bachelor or associate degree and find work and fulfillment immediately. Others, however, want to attend institutes of higher learning in order to secure a better paying and more challenging career in the future. A Master's degree in Public Administration is a great choice for anyone who wants to make a difference in their community, state, or nation, has natural leadership abilities and enjoys working with others. Here are five potential careers to consider once you have received your Master's degree in Public Administration:
1. The Foreign Service:
If you want to work in public administration but also have a desire to travel and learn more about new cultures around the world, then the Foreign Service might be the perfect career for you. Your job would be to promote the interests of the United States around the world as well as helping those United States citizens who live abroad. There are nearly three hundred embassies and consulates located across the globe, meaning your work might take you anywhere. It can be a unique challenge and is ideal for those who want to see the world while still holding down a stable career.
2. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Inspector:
This career is one that will have you based in one location, unlike in the foreign service. Your job will be to enforce the rules that govern the manufacture, sale possession and use of alcohol, tobacco, explosives and firearms. While it is a branch of public service, the job is unique and requires a willingness to work hard and have self motivation. While you don't need a Master's degree to have this job, having the extra qualifications will allow you to advance faster and make more money each month.
3. Careers in Homeland Security:
Many graduates who specialize in public administration turn to careers in Homeland Security. This broad category encompasses many different branches of government that contributes to the overall protection and safety of American citizens. Some of the many branches include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration and many more.
4. City Manager:
This is what most people think of when they consider a career in public administration. A city managers oversees the local government administration. Unlike government positions that require election or appointment, a city manager is a position that you will have to apply for and have the right qualifications for in order to be considered for the job. This position consists of responsibilities like being a part of every government service in the city, whether that is trash management or voting. It is very similar to the position of city planner and in some cases is actually the same position with a different title.
5. Social Worker:
Many individuals who have received higher education degrees in public administration turn to the field of social work for their careers. This is best for those who want to spend more of their time dealing directly with citizens who need help most. While it is slightly different from a career in public administration, the skill set and education required is remarkably similar. Many graduates find that this is the perfect fit for them.
Each of these exciting careers can be a great way to make the most of your Master's Degree in Public Administration. You can expect a steady job, fulfillment at the end of your work day and the ability to make change in your community.
Marilyn Tate is a writer and city worker earning her masters in public administration.