For those students with a background in the study of political conflict and change, as well as in U.S. and foreign political parties, interest groups, governing bodies such as legislatures, bureaucracies, or court systems, there is a plethora of career opportunities awaiting.
The political knowledge, combined with the transferable skills of a liberal arts major, prepares an individual for many positions such as those which follow.
[It must be noted that some jobs are more related to the major than others, and some require education beyond a bachelor’s degree. It is also important to note that a related internship while in school is invaluable.]
Air, Bus, and Rail Lines
Chambers of Commerce
Colleges and Schools
Civil Rights Commission
Consumer Affairs Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Communications Agency
Foreign Service Department
Health & Human Services Dept.
International Trade Commission
Library of Congress
Social Security Administration
Magazines and Newspapers
National and State Parks
Account Service Representative
One who decides disputes/binds both labor and management to specific terms/conditions of labor contracts. Study dispute/conflict resolution = +.
Professional who appraises/edits permanent records/historically valuable documents. Classes in archival documentation or an internship = +.
Plans/directs implementation and administration of benefits programs designed to insure employees against loss of income due to illness, injury, layoff, or retirement. HR classes or internship = +.
Broadcast Journalist/Print Journalist
Salesperson who sells to purchasing managers or similar executives such products as raw materials, factory machines, office computers, business services.
Business Development Officer
Professional purchaser of merchandise or commodities for resale. Inspects, selects, orders, authorizes payment for, and prices items for resale.
Planning, fund-raising, research, writing issue statements, canvassing, and assessing voter attitudes.
Chamber of Commerce Manager
Community Relations Director
Diplomat-Foreign Service Officer
Environmental Policy Analyst
Criminal investigator of alleged or suspected criminal violation of Federal laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.
Foreign News Correspondent
Foreign Service Officer
Government Intelligence Analyst:
Research/analyze diversity of geopolitical issues on behalf of government in FBI/CIA, NSA, military.
Human Resource Manager
Historic Site Interpreter
Investor Relations Manager
International Business Specialist
Labor Relations Specialist
Law Enforcement Officer
Public Relations specialist. Contacts/ meets members of legislature and other public officials to persuade them to support laws favorable to their client’s interest. Internship most helpful.
Public Opinion Interviewer
Social Services Administrator/Worker
Professional city planner who develops comprehensive plans/programs for utilization of the land and physical facilities of cities, counties, and metropolitan areas. Urban planning classes, internship essential.
Editor who distributes news and photographs to newspapers, radio and television stations, and news magazines by pulling copy from a computer screen, editing it, and routing copy to clients. Must have English and/or journalism classes to complement political science degree, and again, and internship is VERY helpful to gain entry into this competitive area.
WEB SITES OF INTEREST
GENERAL POLITICAL SCIENCE SITES