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Do you have any tips or job ideas for someone who is interested in pursuing political science?

I'm a college student who is trying to find more information for different possible majors in college. #college-major #political-science

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Daniela’s Answer

Hi Sharlene,

Political scientists study political systems from every angle, looking into their birth, growth, and operation. While most strive to discover the trends that shape our identity, their interests and jobs vary greatly. For example, some survey the public about their political opinions; others use math to analyze election results.

Political scientists study the way people organize their societies, whether neighborhoods, nations, or the world community.

As a political scientist, you could work for a government, a think tank (research organization), a not-for-profit organization, a political lobby group, a university, or even a business.

Are You Ready To...?

  • Study how recent decisions by the Supreme Court have affected health care

  • Conduct a public-opinion survey on a political candidate

  • Interview the people of a changing neighborhood about their relations with neighbors

  • Look into the election results for small towns in the American South

  • Monitor the elections of a newly formed government

  • Predict the growth of the European Union

Make High School Count

  • Take challenging courses in world and U.S. history, as well as in government and politics.

  • Study a foreign language. You may use it to do research or to work in other countries.

  • Flex your writing muscle in English.

  • Study statistics to get a head start on a key tool of social science.

  • Build solid computer skills.

  • Pay attention to current events and read political analysis.

  • Run for student government or write news articles for the school newspaper.

  • Intern or volunteer with a not-for-profit institution or political campaign.

Government economists expect job growth for political scientists to be slower than the average for all careers through 2020. In part, this is because jobs in the federal government -- which now employs more than half of all political scientists -- are declining.

Job applicants will likely outnumber available positions and will experience a lot of competition. For the best opportunities, build strong research and writing skills.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the average salary in 2011 for political scientists was $105,040.



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Quinci’s Answer

I would try to find as many ways to get people to write you recommendations because that can help you get into the career of your choice. Also practice doing some writing samples because that is sometimes a requirement for a job submission. So overall the tips I recommended are recommendations from teachers and start doing some writing samples. These will look good when you start applying for jobs.