Additional Federal and State Government Jobs

Earning your bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in political science means you’ll be qualified for a multitude of jobs offered by local, state, and federal governments.

If you are interested in maintaining an independent business with strong governmental ties, consider becoming a consultant. There are any number of civilians who work in a consultant capacity in many government agencies and departments.

If you love history and have a good sense of organization, you might find a position as a historian on the local, regional, state, or federal level. Another related position is that of archivist.

Perhaps your greatest interest is in the darker side of politics and power, or in the security of the nation and its citizens. If so, you might want to investigate becoming a Federal Bureau of Investigation officer, or going to work for the Central Intelligence Agency as an intelligence specialist.

If foreign shores beckon to you, you might explore a position with the Foreign Service. With time, you might become an ambassador. If you’d like to combine a love of teaching with your interest in political science, visit the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools website. There you’ll find information on teaching jobs, associations, and training programs.

If you like working with a range of personalities, many government positions might suit you well. If you want to be active in day-to-day politics, look into work as an assistant secretary of state, a deputy undersecretary or secretary, a public affairs specialist, a tax inspector, or an evaluator for the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

If you prefer work that requires abstract thinking and working with machines, you might find a government job as a program or budget analyst, an information technology manager, or a researcher to be especially satisfying.

At the county and city levels, a multitude of jobs that can make good use of your political science training abound. Depending upon your other interests and training, a position as a juvenile justice specialist, city planner, chief purchasing officer, treasurer, program director, labor relations specialist, criminologist, budget examiner, housing administrator, personnel officer, or legislative coordinator for the mayor might be a good fit.

Job Search Resources for Political Science Majors

Last Updated: 05/22/2014

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