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Political Science

What is Political Science?

Many occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly and work well with others on a team. This means that Political Science graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate more to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills than any specific academic major. Obtaining experiences within a particular field is extremely important in preparing students for life after college. These experiences can be in the form of internships, part-time jobs, or volunteer positions. Regardless, they allow students to develop specific knowledge and skills that both help a student solidify their career choice, and improve their chances of employment in that field following graduation. The following list contains a representative sample of job titles of former graduates with Political Science major. Use this as an idea list, and remember that it represents some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider. 

Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job. Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelors' degree.

CWU Political Science Department

Related Career Titles
Federal GovernmentState & Local Government
Civilian Consultant to...County Treasurer
Assistant Secretary of State for...Advisor
Deputy Undersecretary of...County Council Member
Officer, FBIChief of Staff
Secretary, Department of...Deputy Secretary
Teacher, Overseas School for...Assistant Chief of Police
Program AnalystProgram Director
Management AuditorLegislative Coordinator, Mayor's Office
Tax InspectorState Personnel Officer
ResearcherJuvenile Justice Specialist
Foreign Service Officer/SpecialistState Chief Purchasing Officer
AmbassadorCity Planner
ArchivistSupervisor, State Department ...
Budget AnalystLabor Relations Specialist
HistorianCity Project Coordinator
GAO EvaluatorSenior Criminologist
Public Affairs SpecialistAssistant Budget Examiner
Intelligence Specialist, CIACity Housing Administrator
Staff Aid, Congressional CommitteeCity's Coordinator of...
Information Technology Manager 
Nonprofit OrganizationsCampaigns and Polling
Director, Nonprofit AgencyCampaign Manager/Consultant
Field Officer, Human Rights CampaignPolitical Director
Public Relations SpecialistSurvey Researcher
Director, Fund RaisingPolitical Reporter
Research AnalystPollster
Political DirectorFundraiser
Budget AnalystDirector, Political Action Committee
Program ManagerPress Officer for Candidate
LobbyistIssue Analyst
 Political Consultant
LawJournalism
ParalegalWriter/Editor
Deputy Secretary to the GovernorProducer, Local Television News
Research ConsultantDirector of Corporate Public Affairs
Assistant Chief of PoliceInformation Manager
Public Interest/Consumer AdvocateTelevision Reporter
Broadcast/Newspaper ReporterPress Officer
Public Policy AnalystPublic Affairs Research Analyst
State LegislatorDirector of Surveys, Television
MediatorNetwork
Judge 
CIA Inspector 
Criminologist 
Commissioner 
Juvenile Justice Specialist 
Labor Relations Specialist 
Assistant Budget Examiner 
Politician 
Labor Union Official 
Attorney 
Corporate Legal Counsel 
Law Professor 
InternationalEducation
Peace Corp VolunteerGovernment/Politics Teacher
International BankerCurriculum Developer/Supervisor
Analyst, CIAResearcher
International Research SpecialistEducation Reporter
Foreign Service OfficerCollege Professor
Press OfficerStudent Affairs Administrator
Strategic Planning Specialist 
Translator 
Instructor 
Director of International Marketing 
Policy Analyst 
Lobbyist 
Field staff 
Agent, International Bureau, FBI 
Consultant to Multinational 
Corporations 
International Correspondent 
Related Major Skills
Oral & written communicationDecision-making
Problem-solvingAnalytical thinking
Research skillsLeadership abilities
Interact with diverse populationsAble to develop & market ideas
Understanding of community needsComputer literate
Team workerWork well under pressur


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