Government & Public Administration Cluster

Jobs in the government and public administration career cluster involve planning, managing, and providing government legislative and administrative and regulatory services and related general purpose government services at the federal, state, and local levels.

Course offerings include

Course #DescriptionPEIMSGradeCreditSchool
8155Principles of Government and Public Administration130182009-121All
8148Political Science I1301830010-121RLT
8149Political Science II1301840010-121RLT
8154Practicum in Local, State, and Federal Government13019000122RLT

Explore the Government and Public Administration Career Cluster

  • Do you value public service?
    Are you interested in government and politics?
    Would you enjoy working at the post office or helping people plan new communities?
    Would you like to work overseas?
    Would you be interested in joining the military?

If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, perhaps you would be a good candidate for a career in government and public administration. You might enjoy a career as a(n):

  • IRS agent
  • Foreign service officer
  • Regional planner
  • Bank examiner
  • Cryptologist
  • Intelligence agent
  • Soldier or sailor
  • Legislator

Career Pathways in Government and Public Administration

Planning – This pathway involves drawing up guidelines for how land in a particular area should be used. Jobs in planning include urban planner, zoning board member, federal aid coordinator, county services director, and census clerk.

Revenue and Taxation – This pathway covers the workers who collect revenue for federal, state, and local governments, including tax examiners, IRS agents, auditors, and assessors.

Governance – This pathway encompasses all the workers involved in the process of governing, either at the local, state, or federal level, including legislators, legislative aides, city managers, policy analysts, and policy researchers.

Regulation – This pathway involves enforcing compliance with the laws and rules made by the government. Occupations include bank examiner, labor law investigator, election supervisor, health inspector, customs agent, child support officer, and border inspector.

National Security – The national security pathway includes more than 2 million workers involved in protecting the security of the United States, including air defense officers, counterintelligence agents, CIA agents, soldiers, sailors, and airmen; cryptologists, and special forces agents.

Foreign Service – The foreign service is a corps of professionals who represent the United States abroad. Jobs include consul, attaché, ambassador, and foreign service officer.