No Fear Political Science Employment

It’s about that time of year again, the moment when every college student is confronted with the realization that yet another year has passed, one more year closer to graduation. Pressure and stress levels are probably at an all time high as they begin to think to themselves, “HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO GET A CAREER IN POLITICAL SCIENCE?!”. For all of those PoliSci majors, do not fear! Thanks to the wide-ranging subject matter, the skills and information you develop in Political Science are ubiquitous in a broad range of career fields.  This post will address one job in particular: a political scientist.

In order to qualify to be a political scientist, having a master’s degree or Ph.D. in political science, public administration, or a related field is required. A political scientist’s duty can range from job to job depending where it is located. However, in general political scientists study and track the origin, development, and operation of political systems and organizations. They spend a good amount of time researching and analyzing trends (public and political), governments, policies, and political ideas. Typically, a political scientist will choose a research field from one of the four subfields: Political theory, American Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. Political scientists also study the patterns, sources, and psychology of political power. They collect large amounts of information and then try to organize it into a theory or system that will explain some area of politics or government. A vast majority of political scientists will end up working for universities, conducting research and teaching political science, or in any relatable field. The remaining usually end up working for government agencies, whether in the U.S. or abroad.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of political scientists is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 1,400 new jobs over the 10-year period. Political scientists should face strong competition for jobs as the number of candidates is expected to exceed the number of available positions.


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