Careers for Political Science Majors

Political Science graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields.

Many occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly and work well with others on a team.

We encourage our students to avail themselves of the opportunities and educational resources in the SF State Career Services and Leadership Development office.

This means that Political Science graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate more to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills than any specific academic major.

Obtaining experiences within a particular field is extremely important in preparing students for life after college. These experiences can be in the form of internships, part-time jobs, or volunteer positions. Regardless, they allow students to develop specific knowledge and skills that both help a student solidify their career choice, and improve their chances of employment in that field following graduation.

The following list a representative sample of job titles of former graduates with Political Science major. Use this as an idea list, and remember that it represents some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider.

Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job. Some of these jobs also require education beyond a Bachelor’s degree.

Related Career Titles for Political Science Majors

Entry Level

  • Assistant Account Executive
  • Account Service Representative
  • Activities Specialist
  • Assistant Buyer
  • Assistant Consultant
  • Campaign Staffer
  • Congressional Aide
  • Congressional Research
  • Environmental PolicyAnalyst
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Historic Site Interpreter
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Analyst
  • Media Analyst
  • Paralegal
  • Peace Corps/Vista Worker
  • Political Pollster
  • Politician
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Public Relations Assistant
  • Real EstateAgent/Broker
  • Research Assistant
  • Reporter
  • Social Services Administrator
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher
  • Writer/Author

Additional Education/Experience Required

  • Account Executive
  • Advertising Executive
  • Archivist
  • Attorney
  • Campaign Manager
  • City Manager
  • Community Relations Director
  • Development Associate
  • Director of Public Policy
  • Executive Director, Nonprofit/NGO
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • Government Intelligence Analyst
  • International Relations Manager
  • Marketing Director
  • Public Administrator Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Special Interest Group Director
  • Urban/RegionalPlanner

Related Major Skills for Political Science

  • Oral and written communication
  • Interact with diverse populations
  • Decision making
  • Ability to develop and market ideas
  • Problem solving
  • Understanding of community needs
  • Analytical thinking
  • Computer literate
  • Research skills
  • Team worker
  • Leadership abilities
  • Work well under pressure

Political Science Websites

The following websites offer links to a broad spectrum of political science areas of interest

Organizations and Associations

Miscellaneous Resources