A bachelor's degree in political science can lead to exciting careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.
Political science majors gain analytical skills, administrative competence and communication abilities that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential career areas.
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 career booklets and pamphlets available from APSA.
Budget Examiner or Analyst
CIA Analyst or Agent
City Housing Administrator
Congressional Office Staffer
Corporate Public Affairs Adviser
Corporate Information Analyst
Corporate Adviser for Govt'l. Relations
Corporation Legislative Issues Manager
Editor of Journals or Books
Federal Government Analyst
Foreign Service Officer
High School Government Teacher
International Agency Officer
International Research Specialist
Juvenile Justice Specialist
Labor Relations Specialist
Non-Profit Program Manager
Public Affairs Research Analyst
Urban Policy Planner
Web Content Editor