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Political Science Major

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Possible Job Titles


  • Staff assistant
  • Legislative aide
  • International lawyer*
  • Paralegal
  • Legal investigator*
  • City manager*
  • Corrections officer
  • Urban policy planner*
  • Public opinion analyst
  • Public health administrator*
  • Lawyer*

Public Interest/Social Change

  • Environmental lawyer*
  • Canvass director
  • Strategist
  • Co-op manager
  • Publications director
  • Issues director
  • Direct mail specialist
  • Development director
  • Lobbyist
  • Event coordinator/activity planner
  • Peace Corps volunteer coordinator
  • Association executive


  • Teacher, secondary
  • Professor*
  • News public opinion analyst
  • Press agent
  • Editorial assistant
  • Editor
  • Public affairs reporter
  • Educational administrator*


  • Advertising account manager
  • Regulatory analyst
  • Sales promotion manager
  • Public affairs officer
  • Systems analyst*
  • Multinational marketing research analyst*
  • Customer service representative
  • Industry lobbyist
  • Business/bank administrator*
  • Executive search consultant
  • Financial planner
  • Human resources manager
  • Consumer goods/services salesperson

*Denotes Additional Education Required.

Typical Places of Employment

  • Colleges & Universities
  • Consulting firms
  • Court System
  • Embassies
  • Law firms
  • Media
  • Political parties
  • Political interest groups
  • Research organizations
  • Self-employed
  • Corporations
  • Labor unions
  • Military
  • Polling organizations
  • Government/Fed agencies

Typical Work Activities

  • Assist in preparation of newly proposed laws and perform library research
  • Conduct political surveys
  • Conducting research
  • Consult with political parties to recommend strategies in choosing effective leaders and campaigning
  • Designing political opinion surveys
  • Keeping up with developments in the field
  • Performing academic duties
  • Persuade politicians to pass legislation that benefit the organization or group that is represented
  • Prepare reports summarizing public opinions
  • Provide information to the public regarding the congress member's position on proposed laws
  • Providing political analysis and advice
  • Write drafts for new laws, and discuss the laws with lobbyists, reporters and voters
  • Writing articles, books, reports, papers, other material

Additional Info in Career Services

These publications must be used in the Career Services Office. However there are many brochures and magazines such as Resume Writing, Interviewing and Job Choices magazines that you may take with you:

  • Career Choices for Undergraduates Considering Law
  • Careers for Legal Eagles and Other Law-and-order Types
  • Careers in International Affairs
  • Careers for Persuasive Types and Others Who Won’t Take No for an Answer
  • Federal Applications That Get Results
  • Guide to Federal Law Enforcement
  • Great Jobs for Political Science Majors
  • Jobs and Careers with Non-Profit Organizations
  • Red, White and Blue Jobs
  • US Government Jobs

To see a complete list of career books located at the Career Services Office click here.

Alumni Resources

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

Kimberly Burgess 2001 Associate Abramoff, Neuberger and Linder, LLP
Matthew Funk 2007 Community Director UDR Inc.
Suzanne DiGiulio 2004 Supervisor Sparks Staffing
Matthew Nuzzi 2004 Technical Examiner Instructor US House of Representatives
Jeannie (Barbara) Haddaway 1999 Development Associate National Audubon Society
Nancy Henrietta 1992 Project Manager Commission on Presidential Debates
Gary McGill 2004 Director of New Business Development The One-Shot Corporation Limited

Related Links

Resources for pursuing Political Science as a Career

Resources for Careers in Intelligence

Resources for Legal Careers 

Resources for Public Policy Careers  

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