What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer


Area:

Government

Sub-Area:

  • Public Policy
  • Research
  • Regional Planning
  • City or Town Management
  • Intelligence
  • Foreign Service
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legislative, Executive, or Judicial Services
  • Program Administration

Employers:

  • Federal, state, and local government

Area:

Law

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • Law firms
  • Corporations
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Private practice
  • Special interest groups
  • Universities

Area:

Politics

Sub-Area:

  • Elected or Appointed Leadership
  • Campaign Management
  • Staff Administration
  • Special Interest Advocacy

Employers:

  • Legislative, executive, or judicial officials
  • National, state, or local government
  • Political action committees
  • Special interest groups
  • Political parties
  • Campaigns (national, state, or local)

Area:

Nonprofit

Sub-Area:

  • Administration
  • Management
  • Public Relations
  • Fund Raising

Employers:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Foundations
  • Professional associations
  • Special interest groups

Area:

Business

Sub-Area:

  • Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations

Employers:

  • Product and service organizations
  • Retail stores
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Manufacturers
  • Financial companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Print and electronic media
  • Other business corporations

Area:

Journalism

Sub-Area:

  • Editing
  • Reporting
  • Circulation
  • Sales

Employers:

  • Newspapers (national, local, or trade)
  • Wire services
  • Magazines
  • Internet sites
  • Large corporations
  • Political parties
  • Political action committees

Area:

Broadcasting

Sub-Area:

  • News Programming
  • Production

Employers:

  • Television stations (network, cable, or public)
  • Radio stations (regional or national)
  • Independent syndications

Area:

Education

Sub-Area:

Employers:

  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Colleges and universities

General Information and Strategies

  • An undergraduate degree in political science is good preparation for graduate or professional study in areas such as psychology, law, or business.
  • Research the pre-requisites of the area of interest and tailor program of study to meet curricular and skill needs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are imperative for most careers related to politics or government.
  • Become familiar with the government application process for opportunities in federal, state, or local government.
  • For careers in politics, be prepared to volunteer extensively before being hired or elected as an employee or official. Begin by working with the campaign or official of choice while in college.
  • Many elected public officials begin careers in other fields (law, medicine, business) before campaigning for office.