Best Career Options after BA in Public Administration

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If you are a BA Public Administration graduate, you would have firsthand experience in finding terribly inaccurate information on the internet about your course.

But we are here to change that.

We talked to different stakeholders, including alumni, teachers, and university officials, and here are the top research-backed career options that one can pursue in India after graduating from a BA Public Administration degree.

Corporate Operations Manager   

For students of BA Public Administration, Corporate Operations Manager is a slightly unusual or odd career choice. However, being special does not imply that the work is of poor quality or that the pay is low. It simply means that, for whatever reason, there aren’t many people who walk this route.  

The Corporate Operations Manager administers and provides expert support to the association, particularly regarding the functioning and management of the organization. And, as you gain experience, man-management and leadership skills become increasingly important.

The role is dynamic, which means that no two days will be alike. You’ll still be a problem solver if you’re an Corporate Operations Manager. Plus, if you’re a ‘creative’ problem solver, you’ll get bonus points.  

In this sector, salaries vary greatly. And they are based on a variety of unrelated variables, but one thing you can count on is that you will be paid what you are worth. Starting salaries will range from INR 6,00,000-7,00,000, but keep in mind that this is just an approximation.  

The potential for growth is strong, but the competition is fierce. The job can be difficult and stressful at times, but if you like managing people, you will enjoy being an Corporate Operations Manager. To stand out, you’d have to be exceptionally good at your work. The sky is the limit for the fortunate few who make it. 

Administrative Officer   

Administrative Officer is one of the most in-demand careers right now. Students who are graduating after completing BA Public Administration are the most eligible people for this job. An Administrative Officer is responsible for the smooth functioning of any organization. 

He/She processes, manages, coordinates and provides solutions to the grievances of the employees in regards to their remuneration. And apart from this, the growth prospects are also great. In fact, salaries have been rising a lot lately in this field. Right now, you can expect to earn anywhere around INR 5,00,000, although a lot of stuff depends on how good you are at your job and the organization that’s hiring you.

The work-life balance is good, but that usually depends on the company that you are working for. Getting hired is a bit difficult in this industry, but once you get a foot inside the door, only the sky is the limit. Most big companies hire administrative officers.

The job is challenging enough that you won’t be bored and it’s not so difficult that you would be demotivated. Just the perfect middle ground, if you ask us. Salaries are usually a little slow to grow in this field, but that may change sooner than you expect, given the rise in demand of Administrative Officers. 

Business consultants   

Becoming a Business consultants may seem like risky business to you, and you would not be very wrong in thinking so. There is no organized way to get into this field, and most of the hiring happens through connections and networking. But once you get in, being a business consultant is one of the most rewarding professions out there.  

As a Business consultant, your main work would be to look after various aspects of business administration such as human resource policies or medicinal services. You would provide customers or clients with valuable business advice in order to fix various aspects of their business. Apart from this, you may be expected to oversee a few more things here and there, depending on who you are working for.

The work is super-exciting, especially if you are into administration and solving problems.

Another great thing about this profession is that the work life balance is entirely in your hand. In most cases, you would be free to set your own working hours. All an organisation would care about is that you submit the given work on time.  

Growth in this industry, like many others, is directly proportional to your skills. The better you are, the more you’re paid. Period. Anyone who says that this is wrong is lying. Although predicting starting salaries is next to impossible in this line of work, here’s a number that will get you get excited – INR 4,50,000

Public Relations and Fundraising Manager   

If you’re unsure about all the above given options, then Public Relations and Fundraising Manager may be the right fit for you. Lately the demand has been rising like crazy and now would be the perfect time to get into the job market for this field. If you have opened LinkedIn lately, you would have definitely seen that it is filled with employers asking for public relations managers and fundraising specialists.  

Okay, great. But what does a Public Relations Manager actually do? Here’s the answer.  

Public relations managers analyze the prevailing political, social and economic situations in the country. After performing proper research and analysis of such trends they provide their customers with valuable advice regarding campaigns and fundraising strategies. 

Sometimes your responsibilities may be more or less, but in essence, it all boils down to helping your organization in increasing sales. So if you think that you would enjoy doing that, then becoming a Public Relations Manager might just be your best option.  

Let’s get to the juicy part. Starting salaries are in the range of INR 4,00,000-5,00,000 per annum, but the earning potential is sky-high. And keep in mind that this is an average estimate, and your salary would be more than this if you live in a major town or a tier-1 city.  

Leadership opportunities are available with time, and the potential for career growth is phenomenal. But keep in mind that this is a desk job, so travel will rarely be a part of your professional life. So if travel is a big priority or a make-or-break thing for you, this career option may not be your best bet. 

So these were some of the highest-paying professions that you can go for after completing a B.A. in Public Administration. Did you like the article and found it informative? Then please share it with fellow students so that they can make well-informed decisions about their professional life. Subscribe to our newsletter to get a weekly update about the different career options added on the website.

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