Political Scientist

About the job:

What you do

As a Political Scientist, your job is to study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. You may study topics, such as public opinion, political decision-making, and ideology. Your job may also include analyzing the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. Tasks can include conducting public opinion surveys, analyzing election results, or analyzing public documents.

The tough stuff

As a Political Scientist, you must be prepared to:

  • Learn a few techniques that will help you handle difficult people and situations
  • Study for long hours with great focus
  • Deal with strong feelings and a great deal of stress
The cool stuff

As a Political Scientist, you may get to:

  • Work in public, private and nonprofit sectors
  • Feel personally rewarded by the good you do for society
  • Possibly build a career working for Businesses, NGOs, International Organizations or in High-Level Government Office, Journalism, Research or Publishing
Typical work hours
  • 40 hours a week

Additional hours to finish reports and meet deadlines may be required.

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Economics/Business
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy
Best high school track(s)
  • Economics/Sociology
Personal qualities
  • Understanding what you hear
  • Understanding written information
  • Communicating your ideas in writing
  • Critical Thinking

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required

Academic Education: 

  • In order to become a Political Scientist, you will need a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Public Administration or a related field
  • A Master's Degree or PH.D. in Political Science or Public Administration is also highly recommended 

 Steps you can take today:

  • You can start by becoming aware of the social issues causing trouble to people around. You can participate in debates, get involved in NGOs and try to make a difference on a small scale. This will help you to shape your decisions and influence others in the right way.
  • The more you educate yourself about current affairs, your knowledge will enhance and you will be able to compete on a larger platform. Enlighten yourself of the ills of humanity and work towards the betterment of the society.
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