More than 22 million people currently work in local, state, and federal agencies across the U.S., making the government one of the nation’s largest single employers. Although job growth is modest in government agencies (i.e., one-half-percent increase at the municipal level in 2014),* the steady retirement of baby boomers has been creating consistent job vacancies across all job sectors. Every day, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65. This pattern began in 2011 and will continue until the youngest baby boomers turn 65 in 2029.†
This is good news for graduates with a public administration degree who are equipped with the critical thinking and decision-making skills they acquired in their master’s or doctoral program—and who are seeking employment or advancement in the public sector.
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The job market for public administrators is projected to increase by 10% between 2016 and 2026. In 2017, the average median salary for public administrators was $94,020, and the top 10% earned more than $163,480.§
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*Governing, State and Local Government Employment: Monthly Data (December, 2017), on the Internet at www.governing.com/gov-data/public-workforce-salaries/monthly-government-employment-changes-totals.html.
†Gallup. Only a Third of the Oldest Baby Boomers in U.S. Still Working (2015), on the Internet at www.gallup.com/poll/181292/third-oldest-baby-boomers-working.aspx.
‡Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Career Outlook (September 2014), “Working for the Federal Government: Part 1,” on the Internet at www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2014/article/federal-work-part-1.htm.
§Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–15 Edition, Administrative Services Managers, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/ooh/management/administrative-services-managers.htm.