Careers

Public Administration Degree Career Options

The single largest employer in the world is the US government. When you complete your Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration, you will have what you need to begin any number of public administration careers in which diverse knowledge is a must. As a graduate with your Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration, you may be able to find a public administration job such as:

  • Program Management
  • Urban Planning
  • Social Service Administration
  • Department Management
  • Non-profit Organization Management

Please visit O*NET OnLine to research more public administration careers.  

Contact careerservices@ashford.edu for support in starting a public administration career.

Successful completion of this program by itself does not provide licensure or certification in any state, regardless of concentration or specialization. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession are strongly encouraged to carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements may vary by state. Ashford University does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate's application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification.

Public Administration Degree Jobs Information


Tips to find public administration jobs:

  • Visit gogovernment.org and spend time researching the types of professionals most needed to work at government agencies right now.
  • Go to USA Jobs, the federal government’s official job site. Even if you don’t find the specific job title you’re pursuing, you should at least create your personal profile, so that hiring managers can find you.
  • Consider a federal internship. One potential route might be the Pathways Internship Program, through the Veterans Administration. The federal government also selects people, including some Ashford students, for the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows Program

Veterans’ Preference
If you have served in the armed forces, you should know that there are laws that require preferential treatment to veterans (including the disabled) in federal hiring practices, if certain service requirements are met . While this program does not guarantee employment or retention, it could be advantageous to you if you’re a veteran of the US Armed Forces. Visit the website of the US Department of Labor to learn more about Veterans’ Preference.

With the right training and skills, a public administration career can be rewarding. If this degree matches your goals, call 866.711.1700 or request additional information.