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I'm studying Political Science. What's next?

You may continue your education with a master's or law degree, or pursue a Ph.D.

You may enter the job market in a variety of fields

Skills acquired by Political Science majors

  • Communication: our majors have higher average verbal SAT scores than the college and university averages; they further improve communication skills through presentations and debates
  • Writing: Political Science majors strengthen writing skills through various writing assignments; writing skills are valued by employers
  • Research and analytical: Political Science majors learn how to collect, analyze, and interpret data and information, which are essential skills on the job market

Careers for Political Science Majors

  • Law & Politics
  • Public Administration
  • Nonprofit Sector
  • Business & Finance
  • International Affairs
  • Journalism & Media
  • Academia

How much do Political Science majors make?

  • Paralegal and Legal Assistants: $59,200
  • Pollsters/Survey Researchers: $60,410
  • Legal Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators: $64,030
  • Market Research Analysts: $68,230 per year
  • Urban & Regional Planners: $79,540
  • Budget Analysts: $82,260
  • Political Scientists: $128,020
  • Lawyers: $135,740

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022 median income)

Learn more about careers for Political Science from the American Political Science Association.