Government & Public Administration

This career cluster prepares for careers in planning, managing and providing administrative and regulatory services and performing government functions at the local, state and federal levels. It includes governance, national security, foreign service, revenue and taxation, and policy development.

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Core skills that are necessary for success in these occupations:

  • Programming – Writing computer programs
  • Writing –
  • Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information
  • Speaking – Talking to others
  • Mathematics – Using math to solve problems
  • Systems Analysis – Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it
  • Negotiation – Bringing people together to solve differences
  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • Judgment & Decision Making – Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Career Pathway



Construction Pathway

Administrative and Information Support Pathway

Family and Community Services Pathway

Public Management and Administration

Governance (Legislators and general government executives and staff) Pathway


Revenue and Taxation

Transportation Operations Pathway

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