Public Administration

What does a city do if there’s a sudden disease outbreak? Who decides between building a new highway or adding a railroad? People in public administration are the ones who hold the answers through their research, analysis, leadership and public service. They listen to concerns, collaborate with others and respond to the community to improve people’s lives.

Illustration of 3 workers in public administration

Why It’s Important to San Diego

The public administration sector includes work in local, state and federal government. San Diego County is home to more than 3 million people, living across 19 local governments. San Diego also shares an international border and is home to many federal agencies, making public service work an especially important part of our economy. 

114,878

People Employed

7%

of all San Diego County jobs

150

Number of Businesses

Subsectors

  • Local (city/county) government
  • State government
  • Federal government
  • U.S. Postal Service

 


The following three sections are available as interactive charts on desktop and tablet devices.

Sector Job Growth 

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What Are the Largest Occupations in This Sector? 

Hover over the bars to see RIASEC interests and typical training and experience, then visit Career Coach to learn more about any of the occupations below.

  • Business and Operations Specialists, All Other: 6,038
  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: 4,711
  • Firefighters: 3,075
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: 3,016
  • Postal Service Mail Carriers: 2,861
  • Computer Occupations, All Other: 2,532
  • Office Clerks, General: 2,430
  • Correctional Officers and Jailers: 2,271
  • Registered Nurses: 2,196
  • Compliance Officers: 2,131



How Do I Start My Career in Public Administration?

Do Some Research

  • Use Career Coach to explore which occupations align with your interests, get a behind-the-scenes peek at careers and discover local companies

Expand Your Network

  • Use social media tools like LinkedIn to network with professionals and request informational interviews to ask people about their career path, education and job responsibilities. Check out this video for help getting started. 
  • Go to local public council and committee meetings to network with city professionals

Get Hands-on Experience

  • Sign up for our Career Portal for instant access to active job leads and to explore programs and services provided by the Workforce Partnership to help you get started In the industry
  • Visit sandiego.gov to learn about internships, mentorships and job shadowing opportunities with the City of San Diego
  • Volunteer to be a poll worker on election days for San Diego County at sdvote.com

Get Training

More Resources

Visit workforce.org/posters to download the Public Administration poster and 2-pager.

 

Data source: Emsi Labor Market Analytics, 2020 – economicmodeling.com