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Managers in Public Administration

What they do?

Managers in public administration direct the development, implementation, and evaluation of government policies, research, and programs and manage/control human and financial resources.

A. Government managers in health and social fields are concerned with the protection/promotion of health and social welfare for individuals/communities.

B. Government managers in the field of economics are involved in areas such as taxation, labour markets, transportation, international trade, and business development.

C. Government managers in educational fields deal with elementary, high school, community college, and university education.

D. Other government public administration managers direct the operations of legislatures and other activities such as intergovernmental affairs and elections.

Where they find work?

1. Public administration - 77.0%
2. Health care and social assistance - 8.0%
3. Other services (except public administration) - 3.0%

What education do I need?

1. You need a bachelor's degree related to your work and you may also need a graduate degree for many of these positions.

2. You usually need several years' experience in your profession or government experience in specific areas of policy development, research or program administration.

3. To be a manager in health and social policy, you may need a college diploma, rather than a university degree, in your field of work.

4. To be a manager in health policy and program administration, you may need certification in a health profession. For example, city medical officers of health must be physicians.

5. To be a manager in educational policy and program administration, you must have a provincial/territorial teaching certificate.

6. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a senior manager.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. Business
4. Computer-related courses

What can you expect to make:

Hourly wages ($35.26) are above the national average ($18.07). These earnings are above the average for occupations in the social science, education, government service and religion sector. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Managers in Public Administration wages

Expected Wage by Age

Managers in Public Administration Wage By Age


2% of Managers in Public Administration are unemployed. This rate is below the average for management occupations.


Managers in Public Administration Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Managers in Public Administration Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Managers in Public Administration is considered Above Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. The retirement rate is above average, and the number of retiring workers contributes to job openings.

3. Hourly wages ($35.26) are above the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is also above average.

4. The unemployment rate (2%) is below the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Above Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be below average.

2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job openings will likely exceed the number of job seekers.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Managers in Public Administration are found in Quebec and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in Newfoundland and British Columbia.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (57%) is above the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Leadership

2. Business management skills

3. Researching

Part Time Workers

Managers in Public Administration Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

2% of Managers in Public Administration are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 33,000 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 143% since 1997. The percentage of part-time workers (2%) is below the 2004 average (19%) and has risen significantly since 1997.

Age Demographics

Managers in Public Administration Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The relatively low percentage of younger workers suggests few entry-level job openings, and could point to a greater need for workers with experience or a number of years of training. The earlier-than-average retirement age (57) combined with an expected older-than-average age (46) of worker will likely result in an above-average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Managers in Public Administration Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly % of Managers in Public Administration are self-employed. This is considered for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Managers in Public Administration Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

49% of the individuals employed as Managers in Public Administration are women. Compared to other industries, this is The percentage of women is 49% compared to the 2004 average of 48% and has risen significantly since 1997. .