Government and legislative processes are necessary for the well-being of citizens and democracy as a whole. But the public isn't always informed about the impact government policies have on their communities, states, and country. Political science professionals help keep the public informed and track critical data and trends. These positions include economists, political scientists, public relations managers, urban and regional planners, and politicians. Political science jobs can often be found in the federal government, universities, or professional, scientific, and technical services and are ideal for college-educated job seekers with an interest in public policy.
When you get a political science job, your duties may include conducting research for government agencies, businesses, or nonprofit organizations. You may also collect and analyze data, including public opinion surveys. Other common political science duties include evaluating the effects of policies, keeping track of current events, forecasting trends, and creating written documents and presentations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 6% increase in political science positions over the next 10 years.
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Although most jobs in political science require a master's degree or Ph.D. in public administration, political science, public policy, public affairs, international relations, or a related field, entry-level political science positions that require only a bachelor's degree usually include assistants and research assistants. Completing an internship or volunteer work for a club or political organization can boost your chances of getting an entry-level job.
The most important skills and qualities political science employers look for are:
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Political science employers are primarily interested in knowing about your accomplishments, skills, and educational background, so your credentials should be clearly defined and easy for potential employers to read. Your resume should also be neat and free of errors. You can use the examples laid out in Monster's resume samples and best writing practices as a guide to writing your resume. A cover letter will likely be required when applying for a political science job. Make your cover letter stand out by briefly introducing yourself, highlighting your accomplishments, and discussing why you're a good candidate. See our sample cover letters and writing tips to get an idea of what your cover letter should contain.
Getting invited to interview is half the battle. Now it's time to prepare so you can go in equipped with answers that demonstrate your competency and value. Make sure you do your research on the agency, institution, or company you're applying for before your interview. It's critical that you're aware of their mission and goals and how your background aligns with them. You should also use Monster's list of commonly asked job interview questions as a reference. You may be asked about:
The average pay for a political science job depends on the type of job, whether it's in the public or private sector, and the location. For example, economists in the U.S. earn a median yearly salary of $89,157, while community planners typically earn $67,451. Find out how much you can earn at your job by utilizing Monster's Salary Tools. Just enter your job title and location to get results. You'll also find ways to advance your career and median salaries for related jobs.
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