Let's Explore Government and Public Administration!

Welcome to the Government and Public Administration Pathway

Explore careers that focus on planning and performing government functions at the local, state, and federal levels. This pathway prepares students for diverse roles from court clerks to urban planners, equipping them with the skills necessary to support and enhance public services and governance.

Careers Within the Industry

From ensuring public safety to managing community resources, careers in Government and Public Administration offer a wide array of opportunities to make a significant impact on society. Here are some exciting career paths you can explore:

Court Clerks

Court Clerks perform administrative duties in the judicial system, including maintaining court records, managing case files, and assisting judges.

Financial Examiners

Financial Examiners ensure compliance with laws governing financial institutions and transactions. They review balance sheets, evaluate risk, and ensure financial stability.

Policy and Budget Analysts

Policy Analysts research, evaluate, and develop policies and programs. They work to address social, economic, and environmental issues.

Urban Planners

Urban Planners develop plans and programs for land use in urban areas. They work to create sustainable and functional communities.


Coroners investigate deaths, determine causes, and complete death certificates. They work closely with law enforcement and medical professionals.


Appraisers assess the value of properties, including real estate and personal property, for sales, taxation, and insurance purposes.

Construction and Building Inspectors

Construction and Building Inspectors examine buildings, highways, streets, bridges, dams, and other structures to ensure compliance with building codes and regulations.

Eligibility Interviewers

Eligibility Interviewers determine eligibility for applicants seeking assistance from government programs and resources.

Government and Public Administration Careers in Action

Jonathan Van Roekel is the interim executive director of Lake County Resources, a nonprofit in Lakeview, Oregon, that bolsters the resilience of rural communities to the impacts of climate change and economic hardship.

Is This Career Path Right for You?

If you enjoy negotiating, defending, and debating ideas and topics, performing a variety of duties that may change, planning activities and working cooperatively, or working with details, a career in Government and Public Administration might be perfect for you. This pathway is ideal for those who are patient, service-minded, well-organized, problem solvers, and good communicators.

Essential Interests:

  • Enjoy negotiating, defending, and debating ideas and topics
  • Interested in performing a variety of duties that may change
  • Passionate about planning activities and working cooperatively
  • Like working with details

Essential Skills:

  • Strong patience and service-mindedness
  • Organizational skills and problem-solving abilities
  • Effective communication

Essential Knowledge:

  • Understanding of government and language arts
  • Knowledge of history and math
  • Familiarity with world languages

Career Planning Action Plan​

Get prepared for a career in government and public administration!

STEP 1: start by taking classes in any of the following subject areas:

  • Government: learn about the structure and functions of government at various levels.
  • Language Arts: improve skills in reading, writing, and communication.
  • History: gain an understanding of historical events and their impact on current governance.
  • Math: develop skills in numerical analysis and problem-solving.
  • World Language: study a foreign language to enhance communication skills in a global context.

STEP 2: explore and plan your career path:

  • Meet with your advisor to discuss your interests.
  • Identify relevant classes and dual-credit opportunities.
  • Explore community activities for skill-building.
  • Research jobs on the Quality Info Website.

STEP 3: assess and refine your career goals:

  • Create a career and college plan with your advisor.
  • Complete the interest profile, skills assessment, and reality check on the Oregon CIS Website.
  • Watch Career Journey Videos to gain insights from industry professionals.

Meet Sassy, Your Career Exploration Guide

Sassy helps Oregon middle and high school students explore career and trade pathways.

Government and Public Administration Careers in Oregon

Career Planning

High-demand Jobs in Oregon

Here are three careers in high demand right now in Oregon.

Eligibility Interviewers

Education: High School to Postsecondary Training

Annual Average Wage: $50,342

Duties: Determine eligibility of persons applying to receive assistance from government programs and agency resources.

Why it's in demand: As social services expand, the need for eligibility interviewers who can accurately assess and process applications continues to grow.

Urban Planners

Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Annual Average Wage: $75,950

Duties: Develop plans and programs for land use in urban areas, aiming to create sustainable and functional communities.

Why it's in demand: As urban areas continue to grow, the demand for planners who can design efficient and sustainable living environments is increasing.

Policy Analysts

Education: Master's Degree

Annual Average Wage: $69,700

Duties: Research, evaluate, and develop policies and programs to address social, economic, and environmental issues.

Why it's in demand: With the growing need for effective policies to tackle various challenges, policy analysts play a crucial role in shaping and implementing public programs.

Essential Student Links for Further Exploration

Career OneStop

Career OneStop Take this 30-question interest assessment to help you match your interests with exciting careers.

Link to Interest Assessment | Career OneStop
Career Journeys

Career Journeys Watch young Oregonians in high-demand trades share their career journeys and give you a window into their workday.

Watch the Career Journeys Stories
Oregon Career Pathways

Oregon Career Pathways: Explore career pathways through the Oregon Employment Department to understand the education and training needed for different occupations. Learn which jobs are in highest demand and what they pay.

Oregon Career Pathways
Oregon Department of Education Career Exploration

Community & Workforce Training: The Business and Management Career Learning Area focuses on the business and entrepreneurial needs of Oregon’s students as they prepare to enter and succeed in the world of business. The careers in this area span virtually every industry in the world.

Oregon Department of Education Business and Management Page
The Oregon Career Information System (CIS)

The Oregon Career Information System (CIS): provides a system of occupational and educational information to help Oregonians learn about the world of work and education. We work with schools, colleges, social agencies, and businesses who provide career guidance and employee development services. They use CIS products with their students, clients, customers, and employees to assist them with the process of career planning or career transition.

The Oregon Career Information System (CIS)

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