Public Service and Government

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Roles & Work Environment

Public Service and Government can cover a number of different career options, but many of the types of work associated with this career community tend to have overlapping themes. Here are some interests, topics, and skills that lend themselves well to work in Public Service and Government:

  • Serving, helping, enlightening or empowering people
  • Solving social problems
  • Advocating for others
  • Defense
  • Government
  • Politics, Public Policy, and Activism
  • Security and Investigation
  • Training people
  • Developing relationships
  • Providing information
  • Facilitating discussions
  • Learning or working with people
  • Working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Work that is driven by a particular cause
  • Teamwork

These interests and skills can be utilized in a variety of industries and in many settings, but the motivators for many who find themselves interested in Public Service and Government have a strong value of helping people and solving social problems. 


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Job Market & Income

One concern you might have about working in a field in Public Service and Government is your ability to make a living. Many people spend their entire career in public service and live comfortably. As with any field, though, it is important to conduct thorough research to understand salaries and benefits and to be realistic about earning potential.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S.. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information such as job summaries, education required, salary, job outlook and more for various jobs in the Public Service and Government industry.

Do your research when considering salary and understand what expectations are realistic for the industry and the specific position. There are many factors that could potentially impact salary such as: years of experience, education level, performance, where the position falls in an organizational hierarchy, cost of living, number of direct supervisees, geographic location, special certification or qualifications, etc. Understanding potential salary ranges can help you in making an informed and educated decision and negotiating well when appropriate.