Government & Public Administration

Overview

Job prospects in Federal government are expected to vary by occupation. Over the next decade, a significant number of workers are expected to retire, which will create a large number of job openings. While there will be growth in many occupations over the coming decade, demand will be especially strong for specialized workers in areas related to public health, information security, scientific re-search, law enforcement, and financial services. The Government & Public Administration cluster, which employed nearly 33,500 Virginians in 2016, is expected to employ about 3,600 more workers across the commonwealth by 2026, for a total of about 37,100. The anticipated 11 percent growth of employment within this cluster over the decade exceeds the projected national average growth of 7 percent among all occupations in this cluster.

Career Experience & Exposure Opportunities

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  • Internships & Job Shadows

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Sample Jobs in the Government & Public Administration Field

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other government resources
Career TitleMean Annual SalaryEducation Requirements
Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents$54,890High School Diploma or Equivalent/Vocational Training/Apprenticeship
Emergency Management Director$74,590Bachelor’s Degree
Urban and Regional Planner$74,350Master’s Degree
City Manager$86,000Bachelor's Degree or higher
Foreign Service OfficerCompensation depends on level of education, years experience and locationBachelor's Degree or higher
Senator$174,000No requirement but Bachelor’s

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