A public administration job is a key part of a career in the public sector, but that’s changing.
As part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) 2018 budget proposal, the agency announced that it plans to hire more than 40,000 more public administration positions over the next five years.
While the public service has long relied on administrative assistants and aides to the public, these positions are increasingly filling a need in the private sector, too.
That’s because companies are finding it easier to hire public administration employees, even when they don’t have a public service position.
“We have more people coming into the public administration, and the number of people that are in the federal government that are public servants has grown,” said Ryan McBride, a vice president at the American Society of Civil Engineers.
“The number of public employees is growing exponentially.”
That growth in public administration jobs has helped to drive a hiring surge in recent years.
A report released last month by the Brookings Institution, which tracks the private-sector employment trends of the U:s federal workforce, found that public administration hires increased 4.2% from 2012 to 2021.
“In 2020, there were 890,000 public service employees in the United States, which was up from 637,000 in 2020 and 574,000 at the start of the year,” said the report.
The number of new public employees has grown more than sixfold over the past five years, according to the Brookings report.
Public service jobs are not just an economic boon for the private firms that employ them.
They can also provide some training and support for those who may be displaced in the workforce.
And while the federal workforce currently has more than 100,000 employees, it is projected to grow to more than 1.3 million by 2023.
“I think that the public-private partnership is really helping to expand the pool of people who are able to enter the private sectors,” McBride said.
Public administration positions in the government range from public health to transportation and the environment to education.
There are also positions in environmental and community services.
And public administration is not limited to just government.
There is also an array of other public-sector positions in construction, agriculture, and business.
There have also been changes to the federal public employee retirement system that has helped the federal and private sector diversify their workforces.
Public employment also helps companies recruit and retain qualified candidates.
The private sector has been able to hire the workforce because they can hire more of them at a lower cost than the federal Government can, said Amy Moulton Howe, a senior research associate at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
“That’s because private companies are more likely to have a more diverse pool of talent, so that’s why you have more opportunities for people to come into the private companies,” she said.
For example, private companies can use public service hiring to train and train for these jobs, she said, which helps them recruit the best talent for their companies.
The public service is also one of the few federal programs that offers a job to people who aren’t military.
The U.s. military, which is a component of the Defense Department, is hiring more than 7,000 civilian and military employees over the course of the next decade, according the Department.
The job offers pay between $50,000 and $80,000 a year, but some of them are only available to people with experience in the military or civilian fields.
“It’s a lot of work for a lot less,” said Robert O’Neil, president and CEO of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (LEOA).
“We’re looking for a little bit more diversity in our workforce, and this is one way to do that.”
In addition to its direct impact on hiring, public administration can also have a positive impact on the country as a whole.
“Public administration has a significant impact on all kinds of aspects of the workforce,” said Elizabeth Fagan, a partner at the firm Ostermann & Associates, in Washington, D.C. She noted that the federal Public Employment and Training Administration (PETA) has identified public administration as one of its key employment sectors.
“With the federal, public service, and nonprofit sector having the same skills set, you need someone with that kind of skill set to do the job,” Fagan said.