The Public Administration Profession
Holzer and Schwester (2011, p. 32) define public administration as "the formation and implementation of public policy. It is an amalgamation of management-based stratetegies, such as planning, organizing, directing, coordinating and controlling. It incorporates behaviorally based practices adopted from fields such as psychology and sociology. All of those strategies and practices are utilized within a democratic framework of accountability. The formation and implementation of policy, while formally contolled by government managers, has since been expanded to include the nonprofit and for-profit communities."
The videos below provide some examples of what public administrators deal with on a daily basis.
Looking into the Future: An Employment Outlook
- Public administration careers are expected to grow in response to the increasing consumer demands for state and local public services, healthcare services, education services, social services, and other quality-of-life services. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of administrative services managers is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Competition will be keen for high-level positions, and job prospects are better for candidates with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree.