Public Administration

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2020
17,269
declining 1%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,250
growing 1.29%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$32,592
growing 3.36%
Average Wage
$60,063
growing 3.02%
People in Workforce
761,849
growing 3.01%
Average Employee Age
43.2
declining 0.074%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Public Administration degree recipients are New York, NY, Bloomington, IN, and Minneapolis, MN. The locations with a relatively high number of Public Administration degree recipients are Kapolei, HI, Miami Shores, FL, and Bloomington, IN. The most common degree awarded to students studying Public Administration is a masters degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Public Administration and the types of students that study this field. Indiana University-Bloomington awards the most degrees in Public Administration in the US, but Calumet College of Saint Joseph and Anna Maria College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Public Administration.

Tuition costs for Public Administration majors are, on average, $7,250 for in-state public colleges, and $32,592 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Public Administration programs are Public, 4-year or above institutions (279 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (10,871 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Public Administration

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Public Administration, is Public, 4-year or above (10,871 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Public Administration programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,250
Median In-State Public
$32,592
Median Out of State Private

Indiana University-Bloomington has the most Public Administration degree recipients, with 782 degrees awarded in 2020.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Public Administration programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Calumet College of Saint Joseph has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Public Administration, with 28.8%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Public Administration

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Public Administration.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Public Administration and Social Service graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Public Administration and Social Service majors is $60,063 and the most common occupations are Social workers, all other, Social & community service managers, and Other managers.

The industry that employs the most Public Administration and Social Service majors is Individual & family services, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Communications, & audio & video equipment manufacturing.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$60,063
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,658
3.02%
1 Year Growth
± 3.83%

The average salary for Public Administration and Social Service majors is $60,063 and the most common occupations are Social workers, all other, Social & community service managers, and Other managers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Public Administration and Social Service majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Public Administration and Social Service majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

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Most Specialized

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Highest Paid

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Occupations by Share

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761,849
2020 Workforce
± 21,374
3.01%
1 Year Growth
± 3.88%

The number of Public Administration and Social Service graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.01%, from 739,583 in 2019 to 761,849 in 2020.

The largest single share of Public Administration and Social Service graduates go on to work as Social workers, all other (19.6%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Public Administration and Social Service by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

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761,849
2020 Workforce
± 21,374
3.01%
1 Year Growth
± 3.88%

The number of Public Administration and Social Service graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.01%, from 739,583 in 2019 to 761,849 in 2020.

The industry which employs the most Public Administration and Social Service graduates by share is Individual & family services, followed by Elementary & secondary schools. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Public Administration and Social Service.

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Specialty Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Public Administration and Social Service majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Public Administration and Social Service in the United States.

The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Public Administration and Social Service is 43.2.

The most common degree type these workers hold is a Masters Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Public Administration and Social Service degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Public Administration and Social Service (7,656 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Public Administration is from the 2 Digit Course Public Administration and Social Service.
43.2
Average Age in 2020
± 0.363 Years
0.074%
1 Year Change
± 1.2%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Public Administration and Social Service. The most common ages of employees with this major are 28 and 30 years old, which represent 2.74% and 2.74% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Public Administration are Masters Degree, Bachelors Degree, and Postbaccalaureate Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

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The most common degree types held by the working population in Public Administration and Social Service are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Sex Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (58.6%)
Most Common Sex with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by sex at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Public Administration.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    7,656 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    3,105 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    2,603 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Public Administration for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Sex Combination
  1. White Female
    2,978 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    2,360 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    1,665 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by sex for each race & ethnicity of Masters Degree recipients in Public Administration. White Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and sex.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    9,401 degree recipients
  2. Jamaica
    3,702 degree recipients
  3. Philippines
    3,540 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. St Vincent & the Grenadines
    5 times more than expected
  2. Slovakia
    4.82 times more than expected
  3. Austria
    4.43 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in St Vincent & the Grenadines that hold Public Administration and Social Service degrees (5 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (9,401 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Public Administration field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Public Administration majors need many skills, but most especially Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Public Administration majors need more than the average amount of Management of Financial Resources, Management of Material Resources, and Management of Personnel Resources.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Public Administration majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Management of Financial Resources is very distinctive for majors, but the Monitoring, Critical Thinking, and Speaking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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