Career Profiles: Political Science

CSULB Department of Political Science

Political science is the study of politics and governments as well as the analysis of political systems and behavior. The discipline has six conventional subfields: American politics, international relations, political theory, comparative politics, public law, and public policy and administration. Some political scientists study the actions of foreign governments, political parties, or revolutionary movements. Others analyze topics such as public opinion, political decision making and the uses of ideology. They may conduct polls and surveys, review supreme court decisions or actions of legislative bodies, or analyze the content of media articles. Some do academic research, writing or teaching; others work on applied problems for federal agencies such as the Department of State and Defense. Some work for legislative committees or individual office holders or office seekers.

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Career Possibilities:

Additional experience and/or education may be required

  • Abstractors
  • Campaign Manager
  • City Manager
  • Community Organizer
  • Customs Officer
  • Federal Government Analyst
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Lawyer
  • Legislative Aide
  • Legislative Issues Manager
  • Lobbyists
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Commentator
  • Public Affairs Advisor
  • State Legislator
  • Title Examiners
  • Urban Planner

Where Employed:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Federal, State and Local Government
  • Financial Companies
  • Foundations
  • Insurance Companies
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Political Action Committees
  • Political Parties
  • Print and Electronic Media
  • Professional Associations
  • Special Interest Groups

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