Government and Public Administration
If you are interested in shaping or protecting 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.
This career cluster is organized into seven career pathways:
- National security
- Foreign service
- Revenue and taxation
- Public management and administration
Students headed for government and public administration careers need to learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs.
Government and public administration careers include:
- Elected official (city council, mayor, governor, etc.)
- City manager
- Legislative assistant
- Military member (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard)
- Foreign service, diplomatic or consular officer
- Census clerk
- Federal aid coordinator
- Tax examiner
- Internal revenue agent or investigator
- Bank examiner
- Election supervisor
- Cargo or border inspector
- Child support officer
- Court administrator
- City, county or court clerk
- Guardian ad litem
Note: Each school and school district has different CTE options. Not every district has classes in every cluster, nor does every district offer CTE dual credit and Advanced Placement options.
Career and Technical Student Organizations
Career and technical student organizations are much more than clubs. They provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and for applying career, leadership and personal skills in real-world environments. Participants build their skills by developing projects, attending events, and competing regionally and nationally.
The only student organization currently in existence that exists specifically for government and public administration is Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
To view the list of CTSOs.
Education After High School
It is fact that young people who have at least one year of post-high school education earn thousands of dollars more a year. So, if you spend even one year at a two- or four-year college, in a certificate program at a technical school, or in an apprenticeship after you graduate from high school, you will very likely earn higher wages all your life. By furthering your education, you will be better-prepared to successfully navigate the world of work.
After taking classes relevant to government and public administration, you could pursue any number of opportunities including:
- On-the-job training in an administrative role or as a member of the armed forces
- A two-year college degree in public administration, healthcare administration, human services management or political science
- A four-year college degree in political science, public administration, national security, public policy or revenue
Middle and High School
For information about your district's CTE offerings and how to move forward with planning for your future, contact or visit:
- Preparing for your future: Why CTE?
- Your school career or guidance counselor
- Your principal or school district Career and Technical Education office
- Career and Technical Education - Washington
- (360) 725-6245
Apprenticeship and College
More than 1,000 jobs in Washington are connected to an active, registered apprenticeship program. For more information about apprenticeships and colleges, visit:
- How to become an apprentice: Five steps to getting started
- Apprenticeship Washington: The future is in your hands
- Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
- Higher Education Coordinating Board
- Washington Career Bridge
- Students.gov - An official U.S. Department of Education web site designed for college students and their families. Provides easy access to educational information and resources.
- University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs
Talk to your career and guidance counselor for the best information on how to move forward in your career preparation.
- What is Public Administration?
- The U.S. government's official web portal
- Public service careers
- Careers.wa.gov - Whatever your field of interest, from park ranger to nurse to lawyer, you'll find opportunities in Washington government. With more than 100 agencies from which to choose, you have a lot of options for continued career growth.
- Check out county and city government websites, as well. Each has its own governmental structure and employment opportunities in government and public administration.