The Government and Public Administration cluster is about using your passion for public service to prepare to work in a diverse array of jobs found in local, state and federal government. Virtually every occupation can be found within this field. You may help protect our country, represent our interests abroad, or pass and enforce laws.
Employment of financial examiners is expected to grow due to the increase in financial regulations is expected to increase the number of these workers. The creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2011 has helped fuel jobs for financial examiners in recent years. The agency makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies are treating consumers fairly. Interpreters and translators should see job growth due to increasing globalization, including immigration and international trade. Those who speak frequently translated languages, such as French and Spanish, will see the most demand for jobs. Hiring of real estate appraisers and assessors is expected to increase driven by population increases and economic expansion, which are expected to increase the need for property.
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Employment Projections: 2016-2026*
The Government & Public Administration cluster, which employed nearly 33,500 Virginians in 2016, is expected to employ about 3,600 more workers across the commonwealth by 2026, for a total of about 37,100. The Government & Public Administration cluster employs the fewest number of Virginia workers of all career clusters. The anticipated 11 percent growth of employment within this cluster in Virginia over the decade exceeds the projected national average growth of 7 percent among all occupations in this cluster, based on Trailblazers analysis of data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
*NOTE: The methodology for classifying occupations within the cluster/pathway system has been updated since the previous data cycle (2014-24), so 2016-26 Trailblazers employment projection data may not be comparable to data from previous cycles.
For more information on occupations in the Government & Public Administration Cluster, visit Trailblazers – Career and Technical Education in Virginia(PDF).
|Selected Occupation(s)||Employed in Virginia
|2017 Median Wage||Predominant Level of Education|
|Compliance Officers||7,829||$71,170||Bachelor's or more & Training/Certification|
|Construction and Building Inspectors||4,947||$57,050||Associate/Some college & Training/Certification &
|3,974||$40,140||Bachelor's or more & Training/Certification|
|Occupational Health and
|2,998||$64,910||Bachelor's or more|
|Court, Municipal, and License Clerks||2,193||$34,720||Associate/Some college & Training/Certification|
|Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate||1,926||$56,170||Bachelor's or more & Training/Certification|
|Transportation Security Screeners||1,837||$40,900||Associate/Some college & Training/Certification|
|Financial Examiners||1,742||$75,110||Bachelor's or more & Training/Certification|
|Tax Examiners and Collectors, and
|1,511||$45,710||Bachelor's or more & Training/Certification|
|Urban and Regional Planners||1,234||$71,090||Bachelor's or more|
- Wage data: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, Virginia Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, May 2017.
- Employment projections data: Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Long-Term Occupational Projections, 2016-2026.
- 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 VERSO – includes information to help local school divisions plan and schedule instructional programs. VERSO is organized by program area, 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.
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? - 2017 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.