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What are some careers I can get into as a Political Science major?

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Are there any careers aside law, politics or research which political science majors can get into? Are there any careers that would utilize the skills well?

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Hey Tanya,


There are 2 way to answer this question. The first would be to ask you, what career would you like to undertake? The cool thing about being "entry level" is that companies are looking to hire based on potential, not established skill. So, to be employable in any career field you need to demonstrate some transferable skills that all employers want to hire. Things like leadership, a capacity to learn, professionalism, drive/ work ethic, good references, etc. If you can add proficiency in a relevant skill on top of these, you will be in a great position. Through this process, I took a Sociology degree and turned it into a facilities management role, then a recruiting job and then a sales role. Now I work at one of the best companies in the world.


The second way to answer the questions would be to say, what do people with Political Science Degrees typically graduate and do. The answer would be most work in law, government or for a non-profit. If there is something you are passionate about, there can be few careers more satisfying then working for a non-profit.



John recommends the following next steps:

  • My advice at this point would be to reach out to some Political Science alumni from your school and ask them about their career decisions. They will help you understand what your options are in a very tangible way. You should be able to find them on LinkedIn or through a school directory.
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Austin’s Answer

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Awesome question Tanya!! To answer your question in one word, yes (there are tons of jobs other that the ones you mentioned). I was an International Affairs major in undergrad and wasn't completely convinced that law or politics was for me and here I am a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers just a few months after having graduated. While some people may thing that consulting is only for business majors, accounting majors, or finance majors, this isn't the case. Consulting and many other career fields don't exactly care what your undergraduate major was. Skills like writing, public speaking, communication, and collaboration are all skills consultancies look for in candidates which are skills well honed and developed as a political science major.


Political Science is a great degree as it provides you with enormous flexibility when applying to jobs. You're not overspecialized in a particular field and this flexibility is a hidden blessing. Leveraging those skills you've developed (writing, speaking, and team work) may seem like nothing, but for employers they are key skills to have.

Austin recommends the following next steps:

  • Think outside of the box in regards to your career choice, you are provided enormous flexibility with a political science degree.
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