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Public Administration Schools

As a professor or instructor of public administration classes at one of the 622 accredited public administration schools in the country, you play a central role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in public administration academia which includes public administration training at the following levels:

  • Public Administration Certificate
  • Associates degree in Public Administration
  • Bachelors degree in Public Administration
  • Masters degree in Public Administration
  • PhD degree in Public Administration


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Public administration professionals

407,150 408,050 416,300 415,500 391,290
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In 2010, 391,290 public administration professionals were working in the US. Over the course of the past 4 years, this number has shrunk by 4%.

This decline is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers. Over the next 7 years, this trend is expected to slow down.

National Salary percentiles for Public administration professionals

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Public administration professionals in the US earned a median salary of $84,208 per year in 2010. This is 38% more than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Public Administration

$37,325 $38,602 $79,720 $82,070 $84,208
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

There has been a 126% growth in public administration professionals' salaries from 2006 to 2010.

Educational Trends

National Public Administration Student enrollment growth by degree

214 237 184 219 296
4,313 4,468 4,547 3,748 3,915
351 381 365 440 442
11,831 12,069 12,842 13,129 14,234
492 592 668 737 624
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Public Administration
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Public Administration
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Public Administration
  • Grey: Certificate in Public Administration

The career outlook for public administration professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In the US, 17,201 students graduated from public administration degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 19,511 students graduated from public administration schools.

This represents a 13% change in the number of graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from public administration courses is greater than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Public Administration Programs offered Nationwide


While student graduation numbers are up, the number of schools offering public administration programs has also increased. In the year 2006, there were 540 public administration schools in the US. And in the year 2010, there were 622 schools.

Public Administration Faculty Salaries

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