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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.

Updated Political Science Brochures

Brochures Together

APSA introduces updated brochures on studying political science! They explain both the benefits of choosing political science as a major and the career opportunities for students who graduate with a degree in political science. The brochures are available for purchase or as a free download for departments to produce their own at a lower cost.

Click here to learn more about printing the brochures.

These brochures were formerly published as “Political Science: An Ideal Liberal Arts Major.” We trust this new format will serve departments well as they promote their programs.

Click here to order the brochure set.

Career Resources Flyer

APSA 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.

Print or Download Now!

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
Budget Examiner or Analyst
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
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
Management Analyst
Non-Profit Program Manager
Policy Analyst
Political Commentator
Polling/Survey Analyst
Public Affairs Research Analyst
Research Analyst
State Legislator
University Administrator
University Professor
Urban Policy Planner
Web Content Editor



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