Careers in Political Science

Career Options for Political Science Graduates

In light of the reality that today's college graduates are likely to have five careers (not just five jobs), and that many specific job skills are learned in the early period of one's employment, political science majors are well prepared to face this changing world of employment. Many employers look to political science majors because of their skills in comparative and critical reasoning, analysis and writing. As a result, political science majors are ideally suited to working not only within traditional employment opportunities such as government offices and agencies, educational institutions, think-tanks, nongovernmental and not-for-profit organizations, media sources and law offices, but also in a wide range of other, new areas. 

As the American Political Science Association reports, here are some of the many careers open to political science graduates:

  • Activist, Advocate/Organizer
  • Administration, Corporate, Government, Non-Profit, etc. 
  • Archivist, Online Political Data
  • Budget Examiner or Analyst
  • Attorney
  • Banking Analyst or Executive
  • Campaign Operative
  • Career Counselor
  • CIA Analyst or Agent
  • City Planner
  • City Housing Administrator
  • Congressional Office/Committee Staffer
  • Coordinator of Federal or State Aid
  • Communications Director
  • Corporate Analyst
  • Corporate Public Affairs Advisor
  • Corporate Economist
  • Corporate Manager
  • Corporate Information Analyst
  • Corporate Adviser for Govt'l. Relations
  • Corporate Executive
  • Corporation Legislative Issues Manager
  • Customs Officer
  • Editor, Online Political Journal
  • Entrepreneur
  • Federal Government Analyst
  • Financial Consultant
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foundation President
  • Free-lance writer
  • High School Government Teacher
  • Immigration Officer
  • Information Manager
  • Intelligence Officer
  • International Agency Officer
  • International Research Specialist
  • Issues Analyst, Corporate Social Policy Div.
  • Journalist
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Legislative Analyst / Coordinator
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Analyst
  • Mediator
  • Plans and Review Officer, USIA
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Commentator
  • Pollster
  • Public Affairs Research Analyst
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Publisher
  • Research Analyst
  • State Legislator
  • Survey Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Teacher
  • University Administrator
  • University Professor
  • Urban Policy Planner

  • Web Content Editor