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Careers in Political Science

Political science majors gain the writing, communication, analytical, and data skills that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential careers. 

To learn more about possible career options for undergraduate and graduate students in political science, see the following APSA resources:  

Learn more about APSA professional development resources here

Career Resources Flyer

 

Aimed at undergraduate political science students, the APSA Career Resources Flyer is a printable resource which provides links to careers materials and information about membership benefits. Departments or undergraduate clubs are welcome to print out the flyer and distribute it to students and members. 




Potential Earnings for Political Science Majors

The Georgetown University Center for Education and Workforce released a report entitled “What’s it Worth? The Economic Value of College Majors,” by P. Carnevale, Jeff Strohl, and Michelle Melton. This 2011 report is based upon US Census Data and examines 171 majors. 

Please view the full report here to see where an undergraduate or a graduate degree in political science ranks in terms of potential future earnings.

Examples of Careers for Political Scientists

The following are small sample of careers for political scientists. For more on the career potential for those with degrees in political science, check out the list of career sectors for political science

Activist, Advocate/Organizer
Archivist
Budget Examiner or Analyst
Attorney
Banking Analyst
Campaign Staff
Career Counselor
CIA Analyst or Agent
City Planner
City Housing Administrator
Congressional Office Staffer
Communications Director
Corporate Analyst
Corporate Public Affairs Adviser
Corporate Manager
Corporate Information Analyst
Corporate Adviser for Govt'l. Relations
Corporate Executive
Corporation Legislative Issues Manager
Data Scientist
Editor of Journals or Books
Entrepreneur
Environmental Policy Analyst
Federal Government Analyst
Financial Consultant
Foreign Service Officer


Freelance Writer
High School Government Teacher
Immigration Officer
Information Technology Officer
Intelligence Officer
International Agency Officer
International Research Specialist
Journalist, Political Correspondent
Juvenile Justice Specialist
Labor Relations Specialist
Lawyer
Lobbyist
Management Analyst
Mediator
Non-Profit Program Manager
Paralegal
Policy Analyst
Political Commentator
Polling/Survey Analyst
Public Affairs Research Analyst
Research Analyst
State Legislator
Teacher
University Administrator
University Professor
Urban Policy Planner
Web Content Editor
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