Careers for International Studies Political Science Concentration Graduates

Common job titles

  • Economist
  • Federal government worker
  • Foreign service
  • Market research analyst
  • Sociologist
  • United Nations worker
  • Urban and regional planner

Job outlook data

Political scientists held around 6,000 jobs in 2014, the last year for which data are available. More than half of all political scientists are employed by the federal government. Political scientists assess the impact of government policies, such as the efficiency of public services, effects of departmental cuts and advantages of proposed improvements.

Political organizations, lobbying firms and many nonprofit, labor and social organizations rely on political scientists to manage complicated legal and regulatory issues and policies. Organizations that research or advocate for specific causes—such as immigration, healthcare or the environment—also need political scientists to analyze policies relating to their field.

Where can I work with this major?

The largest employers of political science majors are:

  • Federal government, excluding postal service
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Educational services; state, local and private

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Political Scientists.

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