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What is the Local Government Management Profession? Why does ICMA need students to consider a career in local government management?


Public service at the local level is uniquely fulfilling because you see the impact you make. Local government managers combine the aspirations of residents, the policy goals of the elected council, and the innovation of highly educated and dedicated staff and put them into action. On a daily basis, local government employees see the improvements in their communities they helped design, fund, and create.

Recognizing the complexity involved in providing citizens with the services that they need on a day-to-day basis in today's world, many communities have opted to hire a professional local government manager. Professional managers bring technical knowledge, academic training, management expertise, and a dedication to the public service to the communities they serve. Individuals attracted to the local government management profession hold dear the values of public service and ethics.

ICMA wants you! As a whole generation of Baby-Boomers is retiring, we in local government are searching for energetic learning-oriented workers to step forward. Public service is a wonderfully fulfilling career for a number of reasons, and we think local government is the best place to serve. If you can answer yes to the questions below, consider a career in local government management:

  • Do you want to make a difference in your community? 
  • Do you want to work in an organization where no two days are the same?
  • Do you want to help plan and impact the future of your community?

Explore the links and resources on this site to learn more about local government management, and how you can get involved in making our communities worldwide great places to live, work, and play.

If you're interested in being part of a profession dedicated to the ethical delivery of public services to communities worldwide, consider joining ICMA as a student. For only $25 a year, membership in ICMA gets you access to the resources you need as you embark on your local government career.

If you are part of an ICMA Student Chapter, that membership is free!

Want to be inspired? Listen to best-selling author Jim Collins talk about the difference professional management makes in our communities.

This interview is part of ICMA's Leading Ideas series. Watch the full interview and more with ICMA membership!

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