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Careers in Public Administration

The government sector consists of nearly 90,000 federal, state, and local governments in the U.S. that provide a range of critical public programs and services. The nonprofit sector is made up of over 1.5 million not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations in the U.S. that focus on human services, health, education, the arts and culture, and other issues. In addition, many of the millions of for-profit businesses in the U.S. perform important work for government (under contracts) or need experts in public affairs to manage their complex relations with government.

Careers in government or nonprofit organizations can be in or be related to the following service or interest areas and more:


Positions of administrators in the public sector – in government or nonprofit organizations – can include: