Careers In Political Science

What can you do with a degree in Political Science?

"A degree in political science provides strong preparation for a wide range of careers. Our UofL graduates go on to challenging jobs in government, campaigns, the nonprofit sector, law, public policy, academics, and business, both in the U.S. and abroad.  The first stop for students who want to explore their career options with a bachelor's degree in political science is the Career Development Center.  The UofL Career Development Center supports students from their freshman year to their senior year and beyond with career assessments, advising, job and internship postings, resume and interview help, special events and more."

The Career Development Center put a PowerPoint presentation together to give Political Science students an idea of what jobs to consider and how to begin searching for the career best for you. Students can do an online career assessment through the Cards Career Navigation Portal.

Everyone wants to know... how much will I make?

Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

The median annual wage for political scientists was $99,730 in May 2015. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $47,210, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $162,500.

In May 2015, the median annual wages for political scientists in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Federal Government, excluding postal services  $120,510.

Professional, scientific, and technical services  $115,400.

Educational services, state, local, and private  $48,880.

Political scientists typically work full time in an office. They may work additional hours to finish reports and meet deadlines.

A Georgetown University Report, African Americans: College Majors and Earnings  (2016),  found that although African American students have the highest concentration in Law and Public Policy compared to other social science majors, those who major in Political Science/Government  come second only to Economic majors in median earnings and degree concentration (see Appendix, page 8 for more details).  A Political Science degree is worth it!

Visit these sites to view national salaries.

Georgetown (salary medians)

Payscale (best undergrad degree salary)

Whether you are looking to get a Masters, JD, or PhD, be sure to explore all your options.  Consider: price, location, rankings, program size, etc., whatever your personal priorities are.


U of L Master of Arts in Political Science

U of L Brandeis School of Law

UofL School of Urban & Public Affairs Programs (MPA, Master in Urban Planning)

Law School Admission Council(if you are interested in law school LSAC is your #1 information center)

Education-Portal (details and contact information about many different schools/programs) by your priorities) #1 graduate school directory)

Association of Professional Schools in International Affairs(30 affiliated schools, details about each)

US News(rankings)

Network of Schools in Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration: Career Resources

Public Affairs Council: Jobs, Hiring, and Career Management Tips

Another great source for students of political science is the American Political Science Association (APSA)

APSA will give you information on programs; application process; graduate student connections for writing, publishing, conferences, and employment; online job lists; and much more.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

 Job Outlook