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; non-profit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; pre-collegiate education; electoral politics; research; and college and university teaching.

Political science majors gain analytical skills, administrative competences, and communication abilities that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential career areas. Typical earnings for holders of bachelor's degrees in political science or public policy are the second-highest across all majors in the arts, biology and life sciences, education, humanities, social sciences, law and public policy, and are comparable to earnings of bachelor's degree holders in the physical sciences.

The American Political Science Association provides helpful information about career options and strategies for political science majors.

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