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Benefits of a Master of Arts - Public Administration Degree

The following information was cited in the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition outlining a few common occupations that seek advanced degrees and the projected outlook for their field.

State and Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals

  • Local governments employ more than twice as many workers as State governments.
    Professional and service occupations accounted for more than half of all jobs; fire fighters and law enforcement workers, concentrated in local government, are among the largest occupations.
  • Although job prospects vary by State and region, overall prospects are expected to be favorable.
  • Employer-provided benefits are more common among State and local government employees than among workers in the private sector.

Advocacy, Grantmaking, and Civic Organizations

  • Advocacy, grantmaking, and civic organizations had 1.3 million wage and salary jobs in 2008.
  • Employers need individuals with strong communication and fundraising skills, because organizations must constantly mobilize public support for their activities.
  • Wage and salary jobs in advocacy, grantmaking, and civic organizations are projected to increase 14 percent over the 2008-18 period, compared to 11 percent growth projected for all industries combined.

Medical and Health Services Managers

  • Employment of medical and health services managers is expected to grow 16 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Job opportunities will be good, especially for applicants with work experience in healthcare and strong business and management skills.
  • A master's degree is the standard credential.
  • Median annual wages of wage and salary medical and health services managers were $80,240 in May 2008.

Administrative Services Managers

  • Employment of administrative services managers is projected to grow by 12 percent over the 2008-18 decade.
  • Applicants for the limited number of higher-level management jobs will face keen competition; less severe competition is expected for lower-level management jobs.
  • Administrative services managers work throughout private industry and government and have a wide range of responsibilities, experience, earnings, and education. Like other managers, administrative services managers should be analytical, detail-oriented, flexible, decisive, and have good leadership and communication skills.
  • Wages of administrative services managers vary greatly depending on the employer, the specialty, and the geographic area. In general, however, median annual wages of salaried administrative services managers in May 2008 were $73,520.

Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Managers and Specialists

  • The educational backgrounds of these workers vary considerably, reflecting the diversity of duties and levels of responsibility.
  • College graduates and those who have earned certification should have the best job and advancement opportunities.
  • Human resources occupations require strong interpersonal skills.
  • Much faster than average growth is expected during the projection period.

Education Administrators

  • Many jobs require a master's or doctoral degree and experience in a related occupation, such as teaching or admissions counseling.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential because much of an administrator's job involves working and collaborating with others.
  • Excellent opportunities are expected for most jobs.