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ADMINISTRATIVE ANALYST: I Thought I Wanted To Be A Probation Officer

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Terry works for a government agency that regulates the sources of air pollution within the nine counties that form the San Francisco Bay Area. PathSource met Terry at a street fair and she shares her story about being an administrative analyst. She talks about the sort of responsibilities she has running the agency's fleet of cars and shares the variety of careers she had before landing where she is today. Plus, Terry provides insight into what sort of careers are useful for working at an air pollution control agency and states her case as to why getting a degree in public administration is a smart move if you want to work in government.

Degree: Master in Public Adminstration - Criminal Justice and Corrections
Job Title: Administrative Analyst
Employer: Bay Area Air Quality District

Job Summary: Management Analysts

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Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization's efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.

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$45,000 - $140,000
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20 to 30 percent
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Full-time, Long hours
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Indoor, Office, Travel
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Analytical skills, Organizational skills, People skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented

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m='16520'>assisting</span> <span m='16870'>our</span> <span m='18110'>field</span> <span m='18490'>staff</span> <span m='18960'>that</span> <span m='19140'>are</span> <span m='19370'>our</span> <span m='19710'>in the</span> <span m='19790'>field</span> <span m='20350'>and need</span> <span m='20570'>help</span> <span m='20950'>with their</span> <span m='21160'>cars,</span> <span m='21570'>maybe</span> <span m='21850'>they</span> <span m='21940'>have</span> <span m='22240'>a</span> <span m='22390'>flat</span> <span m='22750'>tire.</span> <span m='23590'>I</span> <span m='23700'>could</span> <span m='23870'>be</span> <span m='24040'>ordering</span> <span m='24460'>cars</span> <span m='25750'>that</span> <span m='26040'>day.</span> <span m='28400'>Anything</span> <span m='28740'>that</span> <span m='28970'>deals</span> <span m='29350'>with</span> <span m='29620'>a vehicle,</span> <span m='30730'>cars</span> <span m='31020'>being</span> <span m='31310'>blocked,</span> <span m='31920'>moving</span> <span m='32195'>cars,</span> <span m='33720'>picking</span> <span m='34200'>up</span> <span m='34500'>new</span> <span m='34800'>cars,</span> <span m='35210'>dropping</span> <span m='35580'>off</span> <span m='35850'>cars</span> <span m='36320'>at</span> <span m='36812'>the shop--</span> <span m='37304'>anything</span> <span m='37796'>that's</span> <span m='38290'>car</span> <span m='38640'>related,</span> <span m='38990'>that's</span> <span m='39340'>what I handle.</span> </p><p><span m='40390'>Actually</span> <span m='41256'>it's</span> <span m='41690'>a</span> <span m='41760'>long</span> <span m='42080'>road.</span> <span m='42480'>I</span> <span m='42710'>started</span> <span m='43810'>and</span> <span m='44220'>I</span> <span m='44470'>thought</span> <span m='44730'>I</span> <span m='44940'>wanted</span> <span m='45265'>to</span> <span m='45590'>be</span> <span m='46010'>a probation officer.</span> <span m='46200'>So my</span> <span m='46360'>background</span> <span m='46730'>is</span> <span m='47100'>I</span> <span m='47470'>have</span> <span m='48402'>a</span> <span m='48868'>bachelor's</span> <span m='49334'>in</span> <span m='49800'>criminal</span> <span m='50266'>justice</span> <span m='50732'>and</span> <span m='51198'>a</span> <span m='51664'>master's</span> <span m='52130'>in</span> <span m='52596'>public administration.</span> <span m='53070'>I ended</span> <span m='53400'>up</span> <span m='54060'>working</span> <span m='54340'>for</span> <span m='54620'>a</span> <span m='55092'>treatment</span> <span m='55564'>facility</span> <span m='56036'>for</span> <span m='56508'>a couple of years</span> <span m='56980'>and</span> <span m='57452'>then</span> <span m='57924'>I switched</span> <span m='58396'>to special</span> <span m='58868'>education teaching.</span> <span m='59340'>I</span> <span m='59812'>wasn't</span> <span m='60284'>necessarily</span> <span m='60756'>in love with that.</span> <span m='61240'>So</span> <span m='61340'>I</span> <span m='61440'>got</span> <span m='61640'>to</span> <span m='61780'>commercial</span> <span m='62130'>real</span> <span m='62480'>estate.</span> <span m='62960'>When</span> <span m='63220'>the</span> <span m='63350'>market</span> <span m='63820'>plummeted,</span> <span m='64069'>I</span> <span m='64480'>said,</span> <span m='64680'>OK, I need</span> <span m='64810'>to</span> <span m='65110'>go back to</span> <span m='65400'>school.</span> <span m='66070'>And that's when</span> <span m='66340'>I got my</span> <span m='66610'>master's</span> <span m='66930'>and</span> <span m='67250'>then</span> <span m='67570'>I</span> <span m='68070'>ended up in</span> <span m='68415'>public service.</span> </p><p><span m='69660'>I</span> <span m='69800'>know</span> <span m='69960'>a</span> <span m='69990'>lot</span> <span m='70170'>more</span> <span m='70310'>about</span> <span m='70550'>vehicles.</span> <span m='72720'>Basically</span> <span m='73420'>what</span> <span m='73600'>I've done</span> <span m='74070'>since</span> <span m='74260'>I've</span> <span m='74490'>been</span> <span m='74930'>in this position--</span> <span m='75340'>I've</span> <span m='75750'>been with the</span> <span m='76070'>district</span> <span m='76390'>for</span> <span m='76600'>over</span> <span m='76830'>five</span> <span m='77120'>years,</span> <span m='77962'>but I've only</span> <span m='78434'>been in</span> <span m='78906'>this position for two--</span> <span m='81270'>just</span> <span m='81340'>trying</span> <span m='81630'>to</span> <span m='81920'>green</span> <span m='82180'>our fleet.</span> <span m='83220'>Practice</span> <span m='83300'>what we preach.</span> <span m='84340'>So</span> <span m='84770'>I'm</span> <span m='84930'>learning</span> <span m='85230'>a</span> <span m='85290'>lot</span> <span m='85520'>more</span> <span m='85720'>about</span> <span m='86050'>alternative</span> <span m='86640'>fuel</span> <span m='86870'>vehicles</span> <span m='87310'>that</span> <span m='87600'>I</span> <span m='87800'>didn't know</span> <span m='87870'>about</span> <span m='88265'>before.</span> </p><p><span m='90500'>Well,</span> <span m='90960'>depending</span> <span m='91420'>on what</span> <span m='91880'>arena</span> <span m='92340'>they</span> <span m='92800'>want to</span> <span m='93260'>get</span> <span m='93640'>in--</span> <span m='94020'>like</span> <span m='95330'>at</span> <span m='95620'>the district,</span> <span m='95910'>you can have</span> <span m='96310'>a</span> <span m='96370'>background</span> <span m='97520'>of</span> <span m='97630'>public</span> <span m='97680'>administration</span> <span m='98116'>to engineering.</span> <span m='99860'>It</span> <span m='100295'>really</span> <span m='100730'>just</span> <span m='101165'>depends</span> <span m='101600'>on what your</span> <span m='101865'>focus is.</span> <span m='102130'>We</span> <span m='102240'>have</span> <span m='102350'>a</span> <span m='102400'>lot,</span> <span m='103210'>predominantly</span> <span m='103910'>probably</span> <span m='104205'>60%</span> <span m='105080'>of</span> <span m='105450'>our</span> <span m='106280'>employees</span> <span m='106770'>are</span> <span m='107310'>engineers.</span> <span m='107800'>So if</span> <span m='108140'>that's</span> <span m='108420'>a</span> <span m='108500'>field</span> <span m='108830'>that</span> <span m='109265'>you want</span> <span m='109700'>to get into,</span> <span m='110135'>go</span> <span m='110570'>into</span> <span m='111005'>engineering.</span> <span m='111880'>You</span> <span m='112090'>can</span> <span m='112540'>do mechanical,</span> <span m='112950'>chemical</span> <span m='114346'>engineering.</span> <span m='116320'>I</span> <span m='116450'>would</span> <span m='116540'>do</span> <span m='116650'>something</span> <span m='116990'>that's</span> <span m='117240'>science based</span> <span m='117550'>or government.</span> </p><p><span m='119730'>For</span> <span m='119870'>me,</span> <span m='120340'>I feel like</span> <span m='120620'>public</span> <span m='120850'>administration</span> <span m='121710'>is a</span> <span m='121930'>great</span> <span m='122200'>field.</span> <span m='123380'>Because</span> <span m='123790'>it's</span> <span m='124020'>broad</span> <span m='124060'>enough</span> <span m='124730'>to</span> <span m='124850'>where</span> <span m='125530'>you</span> <span m='125640'>can</span> <span m='125970'>take</span> <span m='126310'>classes</span> <span m='126630'>if you</span> <span m='126935'>want to</span> <span m='127240'>specialize</span> <span m='128000'>in</span> <span m='128169'>something</span> <span m='128580'>else</span> <span m='128810'>that's</span> <span m='130199'>within</span> <span m='132250'>engineering,</span> <span m='133020'>or</span> <span m='133665'>in</span> <span m='133920'>planning.</span> <span m='134790'>It's</span> <span m='135270'>open.</span> <span m='135690'>But</span> <span m='136046'>if</span> <span m='136760'>you</span> <span m='136910'>do</span> <span m='137010'>you</span> <span m='137380'>want</span> <span m='137500'>to</span> <span m='137540'>be</span> <span m='137840'>an engineer then that's what you should focus on.</span> </p>","file":{"id":305241,"video_id":"2785940216001","name":"1372-Terry-p-AdministrativeAnalyst","duration":140086,"thumbnail_url":null}});