Careers In Political Science
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; precollegiate 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.
Career Resources in Political Science
Potential Earnings for Political Science Majors
On May 24, 2011, 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 report is based upon US Census Data and examines 171 majors. The findings indicate that there is a great deal of variation in projected median earnings among different majors. Earnings prospects for graduate degree holders are also discussed. To see where an undergraduate or a graduate degree in political science ranks in terms of potential future earnings, please view the full report and the social science chapter, in particular at http://cew.georgetown.edu/whatsitworth/
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.