Public Administration Concentration

Goodman School of Business

Public Administration Concentration

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In this guide:
Career Options
Clubs & Associations
How Goodman Career can help
Important Competencies


A concentration in public administration prepares you for working in public institutions, managing people in the public sector and government and business operations. Federal, provincial and municipal governments are among the largest employers in Canada.

Nature of work & types of jobs:

  • Health Care Program Administration Officer
  • Elections Officer
  • Immigration Officer
  • Human Resources Research Officer

Disciplines & topics of study:

  • Economics
  • Public Finance
  • Research Methods/Statistics
  • Policy Process & Analysis
  • Ethics
  • Public Management
  • Program Evaluation/Performance Measurement

Career Options
The following are examples of career paths in public administration:

Commerce Officer
A Commerce Officer influences the growth and competitiveness of Canadian industrial sectors by developing, implementing and monitoring strategic public policies and regulations related to investment, technology, innovation, global value chains, human resource development, and Canada’s business climate.

Administrative Officer
Administrative Officers oversee and implement administrative procedures, establish work priorities and coordinate the acquisition of administrative services such as office space, supplies and security services. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors.

Government Policy Analysts
Policy Analysts research various issues regarding social, political, religious, and financial matters and make recommendations on how to improve these issues through legislation, regulations, and process controls. Policy analysts may work for private organizations or the government.

Program Administrator
A Program Administrator is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating a program such as a health care or education program. The role of the administrator includes both leadership and management functions. Leadership functions relate to helping an organization identify values, set goals, articulate a vision, and outline a course of action to achieve the vision. Management functions relate to the execution of tasks and setting up a system to carry out the organization’s mission.

Clubs & Associations

Both work and volunteer experience can help you gain the necessary skills to get a job in the field of information systems.

Club(s) on campus:

Associations, Volunteer Organizations, and other resources:

How Goodman Career Can Help

The Goodman Career Development Office provides services, resources, and events to help prepare students in their job search. 
You can also attend a variety of networking events and information sessions for a chance to connect with alumni and industry professionals. Check out the CareerZone Event Calendar for upcoming events!

Important Competencies

  • Analytical skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Communication skills
  • Technological competency
  • Organization & Planning
  • Conduct needs analysis & design
  • Quantitative competency
  • Results-oriented
  • Ability to improve business processes
  • Time management skills
  • Design, construct, & operate databases