CSU Lays the Groundwork for Public Administration
September 8, 2011
By Stephanie Thara
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in state and local government is projected to increase 11 percent during the 2004-14 period. Additionally, jobs in the federal government are projected to grow by 2.5 percent through the year 2014.
As baby boomers continue to retire from the public sector fields, the need for professionals in the public administration industry rapidly increases. The California State University understands the need for adept individuals in public administration and is meeting the state’s demand by graduating students equipped with the experience and knowledge to excel in the field.
In 2007, the CSU conferred 64 percent of the state’s master’s degrees in public administration. Furthermore, the CSU awarded 35 percent of California’s bachelor’s degrees in public administration, 30 percent in political science and government, and 49 percent in urban studies/affairs.
With in-depth courses aimed at hands-on and theoretical learning, the CSU graduates students who become city managers, budget analysts, human resources directors, chief law enforcement officials, urban and regional planners, recreation specialists, corrections officers, social workers, special agents and political affairs officers, among others. Obtaining a degree in public administration opens the door to a myriad of career opportunities working in federal/state/municipal government, health organizations, scientific research companies, advocacy and political groups, education systems, and community development organizations.
Through the CSU’s curriculum, faculty expertise, programs, clubs/organizations and industry-specific facilities, students are able to gain experience with advocacy, leadership training, budget oversight, media relations, policy development and marketing communications.