A Career in Government
Political scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems and public policy. They study all phases of government, from the state and local levels to international relations. Many Political Scientists specialize in a general area such as political theory, U.S. political institutions, and processes, or international relations. A strong curiosity about government and its dynamics, a high perception of complex political systems, and above-average intelligence are necessary characteristics of people in this field. Depending on the topic, a political scientist could conduct a public opinion survey, analyze election results, analyze public documents, or interview public officials. Good research, communication, and quantitative skills are also desirable qualities.
Average Annual Salary$99,173
Potential Career PathsPolitical Science Teachers, Postsecondary
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | Occupational Outlook Handbook