Public Policy

Public Policy is about the formulation and implementation of government policies and programmes.

Studying in this area involves learning about issues confronting society that governments try to address – in sectors like law and order, defense, education, health, the environment, and taxation.

This area may include learning techniques for evaluating government programmes.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Public policy analyst
  • Development agency analyst
  • Non-governmental organisation (NGO) worker
  • Foreign affairs analyst
  • Business consultant
  • Trade advisor
  • Journalist
  • Economist
  • Lobbyist
  • Politician
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

147% of national
median earnings


Employment

62%
Employed
2%
Unemployed
26%
Further study
10%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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