Government & Public Administration

About This Cluster

If you are interested in shaping the future of your city, state and country, the Government and Public Administration Career Cluster may be for you. Though there are some areas that are unique to military service, virtually every occupation can be found within government.

Careers in Government and Public Administration Career Cluster are in a variety of different work environments from “responsible for making and executing public policy,” to “maintaining a strong National Security which encompasses such diverse activities as running a hospital, commanding a tank, programming computers, operating a nuclear reactor, or repairing and maintaining a helicopter” to “serving in embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions,” to “to “ensuring that governments obtain revenues from businesses and citizens by collecting tax dollars, reviewing tax returns, conducting audits, monitoring taxes payable and collecting overdue tax dollars.” These are four out of the seven areas in this field. Government and Public Administration is a tough field to be in but in return, you get a rewarding career that offers incredible variety, provides plenty of opportunities to pursue the specialties that interest you.

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Skills and Interests

  • Helpful Traits 
    1. Good With Numbers
    2. Enjoy Speaking in Public and in Large Groups
    3. A Good Listener
    4. Lots of Patience
    5. Communication Skills
    6. Good Reasoning Skills
  • Skills and Studies
    1. Example:  County Manager 
      1. Reading all kinds of different reports.
      2. Writing and doing presentations.
      3. Math and being comfortable with numbers.
      4. Ability to think through problems.
      5. Be a Leader.


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