Government Majors and the Job Market
Preparing for a Career

Anyone who seeks a good job in the next decade has a vested interest in mastering the English language, both written and spoken. A highly industrialized complex society requires facility with language — it is building block for all that we do. The ability to write and speak concisely and clearly will always be highly valued. The following expands on this second point.

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.

Related Career Titles for  Majors

  • Asst. Account Executive *Legal Assistant
  • Account Service Rep *Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Activities Specialist *Lobbyist
  • Assistant Buyer *Management Analyst
  • Campaign Staffer *Foreign Service Officer
  • Congressional Aide *Media Analyst
  • Congressional Research *Historic Preservationist
  • Historic Site Interpreter *Paralegal
  • Assistant Consultant *Peace Corps/Vista Worker
  • Public Relations Assistant *Political Pollster
  • Real Estate Agent/Broker *Politician
  • Research Assistant *International Trade Specialist
  • Teacher *Writer/Author
  • Law Enforcement Officer *Reporter
  • Legislative Assistant *Social Services Administrator
  • Social Worker

Additional Education/Experience Required

  • Advertising Executive *FBI/CIA Agent
  • Attorney *Government Intelligence Analyst
  • Account Executive *Marketing Director
  • Archivist * International Relations Manager
  • Community Relations Dir. *Development Associate
  • Campaign Manager *Executive Director, Non-Profit/NGO
  • City Manager *Sales Manager
  • Public Administrator Manager *Special Interest Group Director
  • Urban/Regional Planner *Director of Public Policy

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University of California Santa Barbara: The following web sites offer links to a broad spectrum of Political Science areas of interest