What Can You Do With A Major In Political Science? 

 

Political Science is the study of the government and its systems, organizations, and processes at different levels and cultures. People in this field study the actions of the government, political parties, and revolutionary events, as well as the public's opinions and the decision-making processes involving politics. Others may conduct academic research, writing or teaching, or work on applied problems for federal agencies

 

Tracks

American Politics 
Fast Track to MPA
General Political Science
International Relations and Comparative Politics
Public Law
Public Administration and Public Policy 

 

 

Typical Career Paths

Local and State Government
Federal Government
Law

Politics
International Affairs
Business
Non Profit 

Media
Education

 


Typical Job Titles

Federal Government 

Civilian Consultant   Assistant Secretary of State
Deputy Undersecretary   Officer, FBI
Secretary, Department of ___                    Overseas School Teacher
Program Analyst   Management Auditor
Tax Inspector   Researcher
Foreign Service Officer   Ambassador
Archivist   Budget Analyst
Historian   Public Affairs Specialist
Intelligence Specialist   Congressional Committee Staff Aid

  

 

State And Local Government

County Treasurer   Advisor
County Council Member   Chief of Staff
Deputy Secretary   Assistant Chief of Police
Program Director   Legislative Coordinator, Mayor's Office
State Personnel Officer   Juvenile Justice Specialist
State Chief Purchasing Officer                   City Planner
Labor Relations Specialist   City Project Coordinator
Senior Criminologist   Assistant Budget Examiner
City Housing Administrator    

 

Non Profit

Director, Nonprofit Agency   Field Officer, Human Rights Campaign
Public Relations Specialist                         Fund Raising Director
Research Analyst   Political Director
Budget Analyst   Program Manager
Lobbyist    

 

Political Campaigns

Campaign Manager   Political Director
Survey Researcher   Political Reporter
Pollster   Fundraiser
Director, Political Action Committee           Press Officer of Candidate
Issue Analyst   Political Consultant

 

International 

Peace Corps Volunteer   International Banker
CIA Analyst   International Research Specialist
Foreign Service Officer   Press Officer
Strategic Planning Specialist   Translator
Instructor   Policy Analyst
Director of International Marketing   Lobbyist
Field Staff   FBI Agent, International Bureau
Consultant to Multinational Corporations   International Correspondent

 

General Career Direction

Account Executive                                      Attorney
Business Developer   City Manager
Historic Preservationist            Historic Site Interpreter
Labor Organizer   Management Analyst

 

 

Typical Employers/Work Settings

Colleges/Universities
Government Agencies
Municipalities
Townships
School Districts
Legislative Agencies
Hospitals
Public Courts
Public Services
Law Firms
Legal Aid Societies
Political Action Committees
Political Parties
Campaigns 
Lobbying Organizations
Religious Organizations
Foundations
Policy and Research Organizations
Retail Stores
Insurance Companies
Charitable Organizations
Museums
Professional Associations

 


Match This Major To Careers


Magnifying Glass And Exploration

 

Beginning Salary Range

Payscale.com- Typical Salaries
Salary Resources

 

 

Skills Needed For This Career

Interpersonal Communication (oral and written)   Interact with diverse populations
Knowledge of Human development and behavior   Problem solving
Able to Observe, analyze and interpret information   Decision Making
Concern for and sensitivity to others   Interviewing techniques
Critical and inferential thinking   Good listener
Data Analysis   Understanding of group dynamics
Cultural Understanding   Analytical/critical thinking
Research Skills   Social Perceptiveness
Counseling Skills   Ability to resolve or mediate conflicts
Computer literacy   Work well under pressure

 

Links To Professional Associations

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.

American Bar Association
American Political Science Association 
American Society for International Law
American Society for Public Administration

 

Job Search Information 

 

National Organizations or Databases 
http://federaljobs.net/employme.htm
http://www.govcentral.com/
http://www.lawjobs.com/
http://www.policeemployment.com/
http://www.pse-net.com/
http://www.publicservicecareers.org/
http://www.usajobs.gov/
http://www.usdoj.gov/06employment/06_1.html 

http://www.uspirg.org

http://www.careers.state.gov- U.S. Department of State

Guide to Public Employment in Tallahassee, Florida-- This comprehensive guide was written and developed by the Career Center of Florida State University and provides resources for finding government and public service position in Tallahassee. 


Local Organizations or Databases

http://www.flcourts.org/gen_public/employment/index.shtml
http://www.myflorida.com/ 

 

 

Graduate Schools

Applying To Graduate and Professional Schools

 

Link To UNF Academic Program

The College of Arts and Sciences  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts in  Political Science.

 

Holland Interest Codes

American Politics- Social; Enterprising; Investigative (SEI)
Political Science-General - Investigative; Artistic; Social (IAS)
International Relations/comparative Politics- Investigative; Artistic; Social (IAS)
Public Law- Enterprising; Investigative; Artistic (EIA)
Public Administration and Public Policy- Social; Enterprising; Investigative (SEI)

 

Career Action Plan

 

  • Conduct an informational interview with or shadow a professional in the field to gain more knowledge about this career
  • Do at least one internship related to your career goal/program of study before graduating to gain experience
  • Get involved in volunteer work and community service
  • Develop leadership skills through on-campus activities such as Presidential Envoys, Residence Assistant, Student Government, Peer Advisor, etc.
  • Develop team skills through involvement in student clubs and organizations on campus
  • Join a professional association related to your career choice
  • Volunteer for national or local campaigns