What's a career that someone with degrees in Political Science and Ancient History could find themselves in?
Hi, I'm a senior in high school and am planing on studying Ancient History and Political Science at TCU. Right now I'm planing on getting a double major in Political Science and Film and getting my PHD in Ancient History. What are some jobs these degrees could provide for me? I'm thinking about getting involved in the political field (nothing too big, I'm not planing on running for president). How would I get involved in this field and what would this career look like for me (money)?
I concur with everything Daniela said in her response. I was a political science major, at TCU nonetheless, but I knew that I wanted to go to law school which is a typical undergraduate degree for law students. One thing I would recommend given that you have an interest in film is perhaps use your degrees to become a documentary filmmaker. I am not sure what the salary range would be because I would imagine that would ultimately depend on how your film was marketed and how well it was received. Again Daniela gave some great advice I just wanted to throw my suggestion out there because upon reading your question that was the first thing that came to mind. Good luck and Go Frogs!
I have a degree in Political Science (Government) and History. After serving 21 years in Army Intelligence, I retired and went to work in a Civil Service Job as an Intelligence Research Specialist for the Drug Enforcement Administration for 23 years. So in total, I have 44 years of experience in the Intelligence field. I would say that your interest in Political Science and Ancient History could qualify you for many different positions in the Federal Government. You might want to look at the CIA, DIA and NSA as potential places to work. Alternatively the DEA, FBI, Homeland Security and US Marshals all employ Intelligence Specialists. If you are not interested in the Intelligence Field, I would suggest getting a Masters in Public Administration. This would qualify you for many more positions at the Federal, State, County and City levels. A City Manager for a large city (such as San Antonio) could be making a salary in the high six figures.
Political Science: Career Options
There are a variety of opportunities available to graduates of political science degree programs. Many graduates work in government as elected officials or in various other capacities. Other career options include journalism, law, business and teaching
Government and Advocacy Jobs: Some political science degree holders could also choose to advocate or work on behalf of a cause or a community. A thorough knowledge of government policies is necessary for most of these professions, though specific knowledge and particular skills might influence what kind of job one can pursue. Undergraduate political science students can participate in government or nonprofit organizations' internships to prepare for their careers. Additionally, the completion of a graduate degree program can help political scientists stand out in a crowded job market. The BLS reported in 2013 that most political scientists earned between $50,520 and $148,510 per year at that time.
Law Careers: There are several aspects of law that might appeal to students with an undergraduate political science degree. Many such jobs incorporate the understanding and enforcement of American or international government rules, the interpretation of political ideas and the use of analytical skills. In addition to private practice, lawyers can work at the corporate level or for public sector institutions. They might also work as consumer advocates, judges or district attorneys. Naturally, students who choose this path must move on to law school following completion of their undergraduate degrees and typically need to pass their state bar exams. Lawyers made a median salary of $114,300 per year in 2013, according to the BLS, and after private firms, local, state and federal governments employed the highest numbers of them.
Lobbyist Professions: Those with backgrounds in political science can find jobs lobbying the government on behalf of interest groups and other non-government organizations. These individuals work closely with various stages of government, negotiating with elected officials and influencing policy to advance the goals of their employers or clients. This career does not necessarily require the completion of a graduate degree, though it could help in getting a job. Courses in political theory, political economy, international relations and government procedures could apply for aspiring lobbyists. Other crucial skills include public speaking and networking skills. The median annual salary for lobbyists in September 2014 was $66,602, as reported by PayScale.com.
Business Fields: A political science degree can often lead to a career in business, with banking, advertising, personnel and public relations as possible employment goals. Political science students seeking to enter the business world usually need superb verbal and written communication skills as well as a high-level understanding of mathematics and economics. The BLS listed the median annual salary for public relations specialists at $54,940 in 2013. The federal government's executive branch paid an average wage of about $88,000 to its public relations specialists that year. In addition, the BLS projects a 12% job growth for the public relations specialist field between 2012 and 2022.
Journalism Occupations: Political science graduates with interests in film, television, radio and other media could pursue a career in journalism. Specifically, journalists who majored in political science might report on domestic and international policy, either for a politically-oriented media product or as a political correspondent in a more general news environment. Jobs as editors or news directors could also be available. Speech, writing and broadcasting skills are vital to this profession, and students must also learn to operate necessary equipment, such as video cameras and computer software. Some colleges offer journalism and political science as a combined major. The BLS states that the salary range for the middle half of reporters and correspondents in 2013 was $26,500 to $53,270 per year.
Teaching Positions: Political science majors might also find jobs teaching children, teenagers or young adults. At the elementary and middle school levels, these individuals might be qualified to teach history, social studies or government, while high school teachers could work with more specific subjects, such as American government. Any number of specific political science courses might be taught at the postsecondary level, depending on the teacher's interests and area of specialization. Teacher certification is required along with a bachelor's degree to teach in public schools, and those who want to teach college students usually must earn a graduate degree. Elementary school teachers saw a median annual salary of $53,590 in 2013, per BLS data, while middle school teachers made a median income of $53,940 per year. The median yearly wage for high school teachers in 2013 was $55,360, and teachers of political science at the postsecondary level that year earned a median wage of $73,760 annually.
Ancient History: Careers Options
- Employment Information:With a background in ancient civilizations, you might find employment in consulting and research, working for museums or federal government agencies. Your goal could also be to attain a position within academia. Typically, a Ph.D. in a field related to ancient civilization studies is required in order to teach at the university level. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in May 2012, the median annual wage for anthropologists and archaeologists was $57,420 (www.bls.gov). Area, ethnic and cultural studies professors earned median pay of $67,360, and history professors earned a median salary of $65,870 that same year. According to the BLS, jobs for anthropologists and archaeologists are expected to increase 19% from 2012-2022. Jobs are predicted to increase 16% for area, ethnic and cultural studies professors and 14% for history professors during that same decade.