Public administrators serve in a variety of positions and they can have many different types of responsibilities. In general however their job is to help officials shape policies and then to organize and implement policies that have been approved by elected officials or other entities. Some public administrators analyze policies to determine their implications while others focus on networking with other governmental agencies or businesses. Some public administrators work on annual budgets while others are in charge of the personnel that work for an organization. In all cases the ultimate goal of public administrators is to ensure that services are delivered to the public as efficiently as possible and that the quality of life of the people being served is the best possible. Public administrators work for federal state or local governments and some work for nongovernmental non-profit organizations. For this career a minimum of a bachelor’s degree is needed preferably in public administration public policy or management. In addition several years of experience working in the field of public administration will increase their marketability. However a Master’s degree and especially a Ph.D. degree will qualify individuals for the highest level jobs. Graduate programs include coursework in subjects such as grant writing policy writing human resource management and financial management. In addition to excellent communication skills public administrators should also have skills in computer software applications. Salaries for public administrators vary widely and depend upon the department and specific employer. The website www.worldwidelearn.com says that entry level salaries range from $20000 to $40000 a year. And the website www.ehow.com states that some public administrators make up to $10000 per month.
|Education Required:||Bachelor's Degree|
|Tasks:||Implements policies set by elected officials.
Coordinates the organization of governmental departments.
Helps to improve governmental agencies.
|Also Called:||Governmental Manager
Director of Administration
Director of Government Relations