Public Administration and Social Service

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2019
98,535
growing 1.5%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,197
growing 0.58%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$31,740
growing 3.05%
Average Wage
$58,816
growing 4.3%
People in Workforce
789,449
growing 3.37%
Average Employee Age
43.3
growing 0.595%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Public Administration and Social Service degree recipients are New York, NY, Phoenix, AZ, and Los Angeles, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of Public Administration and Social Service degree recipients are Lauderdale Lakes, WI, Aurora, IL, and Vega Baja, PR. The most common degree awarded to students studying Public Administration and Social Service is a masters degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Public Administration and Social Service and the types of students that study this field. University of Southern California awards the most degrees in Public Administration and Social Service in the US, but Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential and Springfield College-Regional, Online, and Continuing Education have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Public Administration and Social Service.

Tuition costs for Public Administration and Social Service majors are, on average, $7,197 for in-state public colleges, and $31,740 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Public Administration and Social Service programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (546 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (57,101 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Public Administration and Social Service

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Public Administration and Social Service, is Public, 4-year or above (57,101 completions).

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

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,197
Median In-State Public
$31,740
Median Out of State Private

University of Southern California has the most Public Administration and Social Service degree recipients, with 1,804 degrees awarded in 2019.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Public Administration and Social Service.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Public Administration and Social Service programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Public Administration and Social Service, with 100%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Public Administration and Social Service

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Public Administration and Social Service by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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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 $58,816 and the most common occupations are Social workers, all other, Other managers, and Social & community service 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 Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$58,816
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,645
4.3%
1 Year Growth
± 3.82%

The average salary for Public Administration and Social Service majors is $58,816 and the most common occupations are Social workers, all other, Other managers, and Social & community service managers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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

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Highest Paid

The highest paid occupations by median income for Public Administration and Social Service majors are Public relations specialists, Pharmacists, and Dentists.

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Occupations by Share

789,449
2019 Workforce
± 21,757
3.37%
1 Year Growth
± 3.8%

The number of Public Administration and Social Service graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.37%, from 763,692 in 2018 to 789,449 in 2019.

The largest single share of Public Administration and Social Service graduates go on to work as Social workers, all other (21.2%). 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

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Industries by Share

789,449
2019 Workforce
± 21,757
3.37%
1 Year Growth
± 3.8%

The number of Public Administration and Social Service graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.37%, from 763,692 in 2018 to 789,449 in 2019.

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

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 43.3.

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 (48,453 students).

Workforce Age

43.3
Average Age in 2019
± 0.363 Years
0.595%
1 Year Change
± 1.19%

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 26 and 30 years old, which represent 3.13% and 3.08% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Public Administration and Social Service are Masters Degree, Bachelors Degree, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

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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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (80%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    48,453 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    19,006 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    16,447 degrees awarded

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

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. White Female
    19,498 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American Female
    7,320 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    5,807 degrees awarded

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

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Global Diversity

Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    8,090 degree recipients
  2. India
    4,210 degree recipients
  3. Philippines
    3,656 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Liberia
    8.75 times more than expected
  2. Kenya
    4.74 times more than expected
  3. Armenia
    4.28 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Liberia that hold Public Administration and Social Service degrees (8.75 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 (8,090 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Public Administration and Social Service field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Public Administration and Social Service majors need many skills, but most especially Active Listening. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Public Administration and Social Service majors need more than the average amount of Social Perceptiveness, Service Orientation, and Negotiation.

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 and Social Service 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 Social Perceptiveness is very distinctive for majors, but the Active Listening, Social Perceptiveness, and Speaking are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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