The Government and Public Administration cluster is about executing governmental functions to include Governance; National Security; Foreign Service; Planning; Revenue and Taxation; Regulation; and Management and Administration at the local, state, and federal levels. The need for planners is growing as urban and suburban areas are dealing with increasing populations. Employment varies for many of the careers within this field because laws limit the length and number of terms a person can stay in office. Important issues change with every new administration causing the number of jobs in any given area to fluctuate as well. According to the Virginia Employment Commission, employment growth is anticipated in most of this cluster’s pathways.
Produced by: Booker T. Washington High School, Norfolk City Public Schools
Employment Projections: 2012-2022
The Government & Public Administration Cluster, which employed nearly 45,000 Virginians in 2012 is expected to employ about 2500 more workers across the Commonwealth in 2022, for a total of over 47,500. Government & Public Administration appears to be the smallest career cluster, though the list of government service occupations that the BLS tracks is small, and many government specialties are not included. The increase in workers in Government & Public Administration represents about 6 percent growth across Virginia over the decade. This exceeds the anticipated national average growth of just 1 percent among all occupations in this cluster, as calculated based on information from Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For more information on occupations in the Government & Public Administration Cluster, visit Trailblazers – Career and Technical Education in Virginia(PDF).
What They Make...
2013 Median Wage
2022 Projected Employment
Predominant Level of Education
Employed in Virginia
|Interpreters and Translators||$59,830||8,134||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||4,912|
|Compliance Officers||$64,270||7,616||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||6,852|
|Postal Service Mail Carriers||$54,590||5,674||Some college; Associate degree||7,120|
|Eligibility Interviewers||$37,570||4,263||Some college; Associate degree & training; Certification||3,706|
|Construction and Building Inspectors||$52,200||3,808||Some college; Associate degree & training; Certification & work experience||3,298|
|Tax Preparers||$39,230||3,097||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||2,750|
|Court, Municipal, and License Clerks||$32,130||2,448||Some college; Associate degree & training; Certification||2,118|
|Occupational Health and Safety Specialists||$61,700||2,445||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||2,363|
|Transportation Security Screeners||Data unavailable from BLS||2,254||High School diploma & training; Certification||2,010|
|Tax Examiners and Collectors||$44,950||1,866||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||1,760|
|Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate||$57,620||1,864||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||1,703|
|Financial Examiners||$74,170||1,667||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||1,481|
|Urban and Regional Planners||$64,780||1,599||Bachelor's or more||1,393|
|Postal Service Clerks||$53,840||1,378||Some college; Associate degree||1,854|
|Legislators||$18,500||861||Bachelor's or more & work experience||743|
|Postmasters and Mail Superintendents||$64,300||518||Some college; Associate degree & training; Certification & work experience||627|
|Transportation Inspectors||$70,210||436||Some college; Associate degree||405|
|Occupational Health and Safety Technicians||$40,190||391||Bachelor's degree or more & training; Certification||313|
Wage data: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates: Virginia.
Employment projections data: Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Occupational Employment Projections 2012-2022.
Predominant education level: Trailblazers through the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.
Career Cluster Planning
A resource for counselors, administrators, and educators
CTE Administrative Planning Guide (APG) – includes information to help local school divisions plan and schedule instructional programs. The APG is organized by career clusters, with a complete listing of courses, concentration sequences, and credentials available to students as they plan for career entry and continuing education. Users may access course information by cluster or by searching for specific courses or certifications.
Career Planning Guide – includes an easy way for students and counselors to look for courses to further career goals. One can search for occupations, browse by Career Clusters or favorite academic subjects.
Information and tips for instructional leaders, administrators, counselors and teachers/faculty for creating a career pathway academic and career plan of study.
- Government & Public Administration Cluster Information
- Checklist for Developing Career Clusters Plans of Study (Word)
Sample Academic and Career Plans of Study
School divisions are asked to develop sample plans of study based on the courses offered within their schools, the employment needs of the region, and the post-high school educational opportunities needed for these careers. Once these sample plans are developed, they can be customized to the needs of individual students so that all students have the opportunity to have an individualized academic and career plan of study.
Sample Pathway Plans of Study for Government & Public Administration:
- Foreign Service (Word)
- Governance (Word)
- National Security (Word)
- Planning (Word)
- Public Management & Administration (Word)
- Regulation (Word)
- Revenue & Taxation (Word)
- Blank Plan of Study (with fields) (Word)
Also see Sample Plans of Study for all clusters and pathways.
Report: Education, Employment and Earnings: Analyzing Data from Government & Public Administration
Cluster Analysis Document for Virginia
The Career Clusters logo and its extensions are the property of the National Career Technical Foundation, as managed by NASDCTEc. Some content on this page is from the publication, R U College & Career Ready? - 2016 Edition; and is used here with permission from the Virginia Business Publications LLC and Trailblazers in the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.