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  • #181679

    Farooq Khan

    Hello all.

    I currently hold a B.S. and an M.S. in Biology and Biotechnology, respectively. I was wondering if it is wise to go for an MPA to enter the public sector. My goal is to become a program analyst (also mgmt specialist) or public health analyst.

    What are the entry ways into the public sector? It seems there is no job for a life sciences background personnel to even land an entry level job, as they prefer economics, finance, or accounting background. Is there a way around this?

    Getting an MPA will put me down about $20-30k further in debt, so I’d like to make sure it is well worth it in the end.

    Are there any MPA/MPP’s with a non admin / non-finance background who can weigh in on this?

    Also, can any current program or public health analysts provide me their path to the position as guidance?

    Thank you.

  • #181683

    Farooq Khan

    In my original post, I’d forgotten to mention that I’ve held an NTE position at USDA-ARS as a lab technician (2010 – current).

  • #181681

    Katharine Greenlee

    Hi Farooq,

    I went looking through some of the resources on the Knowledge Network and I found a page that holds a lot of statistics that may be helpful for you to consider while you make decisions about your career. The information is written with local government managers in mind, though the information on who moves into the public sector, when, will certainly offer you much to consider. You can review it here:

    Very best,

    Katharine Greenlee

    Community Engagement Manager, ICMA

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