A Career Guide for the Public Management Major

The Public Management program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in city, county, or state government, and in not-for-profit and community-based organizations. In the Public Management major, students learn about the many challenges and skills associated with designing, organizing, and implementing programs and policies. Specifically, students focus a lot of attention on goal-setting, strategic planning, managing human resources, the budgeting process, determining needed resource allocations, and analyzing programs for effectiveness, equity, community development, environmental sustainability and equality of opportunity. Public Management graduates find employment opportunities in such fields as human resources, city management, budgeting and finance, environmental protection, planning, teaching, and law enforcement.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

  • Working with people
  • Analyzing problems
  • Public service
  • Social, civic, and political issues
  • Developing & writing policy
  • Civic Responsibility
  • Computer literacy
  • Logical/analytical reasoning
  • Attention to detail
  • Creativity
  • Good organizational/strategic planning skills
  • Good verbal/written communication skills
  • Good research skills
  • Sound judgment
  • Ability to work independently or in a group


The student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Management must meet the following requirements:

  1. All Baccalaureate Degree Requirements, including the following three courses at the lower division:
    Government of the United States
    Macroeconomic Principles
    Introduction to Data Processing
    (POS 1041)
    (ECO 2013)
    (CGS 2000)
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
  2. Complete 18 credit hours of core courses, 9 credits hours of Public Administration Electives, and at least 27 credit hours of approved electives in areas such as Political Science, Sociology, Business, Criminal Justice, and Communications.
  3. Complete an internship for those with no meaningful public service work experience, ranging from 3 to 6 credit hours.
See Undergraduate Catalog for additional information.


The following are examples of positions often held by Public Management graduates:

Public Administrator
Local Government Administrative Assistant
Research Assistant
Policy Analyst I
Research Assistant Town Manager
Community-based Organizer/Coordinator
Entry-level Administrator
Office Manager/Clerk
Budget Analyst
Assistant to City Manager
City Manager
Assistant Town Manager
County Administrator
Budget Director

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


For information about choosing a career, graduate/ professional school, internships or job descriptions, and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)

Davie Campus - Modular G

Jupiter Campus - SR 110

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs
Higher Education Complex, 8th Floor
111 E Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL
(954) 762-5644

School of Public Administration
Contact: Dr. Hugh Miller
Professor and Director of the School of Public Administration

The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the College of Architecture, Urban, and Public Affairs and the School of Public Administration.
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