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What Can I Do With a Major in Political Science?

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Career Titles

  • Account Executive
  • Activist
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Advisor
  • Ambassador
  • Anthropologist
  • Archivist
  • Attorney
  • Banker/Financer
  • Biographer
  • Broadcast/Newspaper Reporter
  • Budget Analyst
  • Bureau Chief
  • Campaign Manager/Consultant
  • Case Worker
  • Chamber of Commerce Manager
  • Chief of Staff
  • CIA Inspector
  • City Clerk
  • City Housing Administrator
  • City Manager
  • City Planner
  • City Project Coordinator
  • Civilian Consultant
  • Clergy
  • College Professor
  • Commentator
  • Commissioner
  • Compliance Officer
  • Congressional Assistant
  • Consultant to Multinational Corporations
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Corporate Legal Counsel
  • County Council Member
  • County Treasurer
  • Criminologist
  • Curator
  • Curriculum Developer/Supervisor
  • Customs Worker
  • Demographer
  • Deputy Secretary to the Governor
  • Deputy Undersecretary
  • Diplomat
  • Diplomatic Aide
  • FBI Agent
  • Federal Government
  • Financial Analyst/Manager
  • Foreign Service Officer/Specialist
  • Fundraiser
  • Geographer
  • Government Intelligence Analyst
  • Government/Politics Teacher
  • Health Services Administrator
  • Historian
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Human Resources
  • Information Manager
  • Information Technology Manager
  • Insurance Claims/Examiner
  • Intelligence Specialist
  • International Correspondent
  • International Organization Official
  • International Research Specialist
  • International Trade Consultant
  • Investment Officer
  • Issue Analyst
  • Journalism
  • Judge
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Labor Union Official
  • Law Enforcement
  • Law Professor
  • Lawyer
  • Legislative Coordinator
  • Librarian
  • Litigation Analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Auditor
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Mayor
  • Media Analyst
  • Mediator
  • Military Officer
  • Newspaper Writer/Journalist
  • Paralegal
  • Paratransit Analyst
  • Parole Officer
  • Pastor
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Penologist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Consultant
  • Political Director
  • Political Reporter
  • Political Scientist
  • Politician
  • Pollster
  • Preservationist
  • Press Officer
  • Program Analyst
  • Program Director
  • Program Manager
  • Public Affairs Research Analyst
  • Public Affairs Specialist
  • Public Interest/Consumer Advocate
  • Public Opinion Researcher
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Quality Improvement Advisor
  • Radio/TV Announcer
  • Real Estate Agent/Broker
  • Reporter
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Consultant
  • Researcher
  • Sales Manager
  • Security Officer
  • Social Services Administrator
  • Speech Writer
  • Staff Aide
  • State Legislator
  • State Personnel Officer
  • Strategic Planning Specialist
  • Student Affairs Administrator
  • Survey Researcher
  • Tax Inspector
  • Teacher
  • Television Reporter
  • Tour Guide
  • Translator
  • Urban/Regional Planner
  • Writer/Editor

Employers
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Analysis Companies
  • Archives
  • Banks/Financial Institutions
  • C.I.A.
  • Campaign Management Firms
  • Chambers of Commerce 
  • City Hall
  • Collection Agencies
  • Colleges/Universities   
  • Congress
  • Consulting Firms
  • Corporations
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Court System
  • Defense Department
  • Economic Development Organizations
  • Educational Institutions
  • Embassies
  • Environmental Protection Agencies
  • F.B.I.
  • Foreign Service
  • Government Agencies
  • Health Care Agencies
  • Historical Societies
  • Hospitals
  • Immigration Services
  • Import/Export Firms
  • Insurance Companies
  • International Organizations
  • Labor Unions
  • Law Firms
  • Libraries
  • Lobbying Groups
  • Local, State, Federal Government
  • Magazines/Newspapers
  • Market Research Firms
  • Media Firms
  • Military
  • Museums
  • Newspapers
  • Peace Corps
  • Political Interest Groups
  • Political Parties
  • Polling Organizations
  • Professional Journals
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Public/International Affairs Offices
  • Publishing Firms
  • Radio/TV/Film
  • Research Organizations
  • School Boards
  • School Districts
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Special Interest Groups
  • State Legislature
  • Travel Agencies
  • Workforce Department Agencies

Skills
  • Ability to relate and communicate to people of different backgrounds
  • Able to develop and market ideas
  • Achievement/prestige oriented
  • Analytical thinking
  • Computer literate
  • Conduct research and analyze and explain results
  • Decision-making
  • Desire to make a social contribution
  • Diplomacy and integrity
  • Flexibility
  • Goal setting
  • Interact with diverse populations
  • Leadership abilities
  • Oral and written communication 
  • Organizational skills
  • Persuasive/ability to influence others
  • Pragmatic
  • Problem-solving
  • Public speaking
  • Responsible
  • Sensitivity to social differences and needs
  • Statistical analysis
  • Team work
  • Time management
  • Understanding of community needs
  • Willingness to deal with society's real problems
  • Work well under pressure

Salary Information  

NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Summer 2018 Average Starting Salary:
  • Political Science and Government Bachelor’s Degree: $44,362

Average Salary of SNC Political Science Graduates:

  • 2017: $35,001 - $45,000
  • 2016: $25,001 - $35,000
  • 2015: No data available

For additional salary information, please visit salary.com.

Graduate Data
To view the job titles, employers, graduate schools and graduate programs reported by our most recent alums in the annual St. Norbert College Career & Professional Development graduate follow-up survey, download the Political Science Graduate Survey Data Handout (PDF)


Links of Interest   

Federal Government

State and Local Government

Nonprofit Organizations

Campaigns and Polling

Law

Public Policy

 Additional Information

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