Political Science - What to Do with this Major

Job Titles

Administrative Affairs (Foreign Affairs) Federal Government Management Peace Corps/Vista Worker
Anchorperson Fund Raiser Political Affairs (Foreign Service)
Broadcasting Journalist Government Affairs Specialist Political Consultant
Campaign Chairperson/Worker Historic Preservationist Political Party Chairperson
Central Intelligence Agency Intelligence Specialist Politician
Chamber of Commerce Journalist Public Opinion Researcher
City or Town Management Labor Relations Specialist Public Policy Maker
Consumer Advocate Lawyer Public Relations
Consular Services Legal Assistant Regional Planner
Diplomat Lobbyist Researcher
Economic Affairs (Foreign Service) Military Officer Social Service Administrator
Elected Official Non-Profit Management State Government Management
Federal Bureau of Investigation Paralegal Teacher/Professor


Personal Characteristics to be Successful

Ambitious Objective Discrete
Articulate Organized Patient
Charismatic Outgoing Poised
Competitive Creative Responsible
Energetic Cultured Risk taker
Flexible Dedicated Tactful


Workplace Skills

Conduct and explain social science research
Conduct seminars
Critical thinker
Evaluate problems and make appropriate decisions
Exhibit oral and written communication skills
Exhibit persuasive skills
Exude personality
Knowledgeable of many subject areas and diverse matters
Organize and interpret social, economic, and political data
Possess excellent communication and social skills
Possess human relation skills
Possess leadership qualities
Provide conflict management
Relate to people from varying backgrounds
Speak to groups




Phifer, P. (2000). College Majors and Careers. Chicago IL: Ferguson Publishing Company
Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook Online (visited July 2006):
Creighton University, Career Services Web site (visited July 2006):
University of North Carolina at Wilmington: Career Services (What can I do with a major in...) Web site (visited July 2006): http://www.uncwil.edu/stuaff/career/Majors/index.htm
Johnson County Community College Web site (visited November 2007): http://www.jccc.com