Graduate Salary
4 years
Avg Length

Political Science Requirements

Political science is the study of government, public policies and political behaviour. It uses both humanistic perspectives and scientific skills to examine all countries and regions of the world.

A political science degree prepares students for career work in areas directly associated with political life, such as elected office, party organizations, campaign management and polling, public service, law, journalism, public relations, policy analysis, research and education.

Political Science Careers

The career trajectory of people with a Political Science degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Political Science degrees have experience in is Political Scientist, followed by Lobbyist, Social Fundraiser, Fundraising Manager, Paralegal, Public Relations Specialist, Legislator, Disaster Recovery Specialist, Intelligence Analyst, and Lawyer.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Political Scientist 8.5% 0.2% 54.5×
Lobbyist 6.6% 0.0% 267.7×
Social Fundraiser 4.4% 0.1% 52.0×
Fundraising Manager 4.2% 0.2% 26.5×
Paralegal 4.0% 0.4% 10.4×
Public Relations Specialist 4.0% 0.3% 11.8×
Legislator 3.9% 0.0% 286.2×
Disaster Recovery Specialist 3.8% 0.0% 599.0×
Intelligence Analyst 3.4% 0.2% 22.5×
Lawyer 3.3% 0.7% 4.6×

Political Science Salary

Political Science graduates earn on average $k, putting them in the bottom percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
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Political Science Employment

Political Science graduates are not very underemployed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

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