Government & Public Administration

About the Industry

Careers in the government and public administration cluster involve making laws, ensuring safety, and providing other public services. All of the military careers in the Occupational Outlook Handbook are assigned to this cluster. However, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not collect employment and wage data, designate education and training, or make projections for military specific occupations. Therefore, the information that follows excludes these occupations.

BLS counted about 1 million jobs in the nonmilitary Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) occupations that are assigned to the government and public administration cluster. Median annual wages for these occupations ranged from $20,620 for legislators to $76,890 for financial examiners.

Many of the occupations in this cluster typically require a bachelor’s degree for entry, but specific designations range from a high school diploma or equivalent and short-term on-the-job training for transportation security screeners to a master’s degree for urban and regional planners.

BLS projects most job openings in this cluster to be in occupations assigned to the governance pathway. The occupation projected to have the largest number of job openings in the cluster is compliance officers.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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