Political scientists study the origin, development and operation of political systems and public policy. They study all phases of government from the state and local levels to international relations. Many political scientists specialize in a general area such as political theory, U.S. political institutions and processes or international relations. A strong curiosity about government and its dynamics, a high perception of complex political systems, and above-average intelligence are necessary characteristics of people in this field. Depending on the topic, a political scientist could conduct a public opinion survey, analyze election results, analyze public documents or interview public officials. Good research, communication and quantitative skills are also desirable qualities.
While overall employment of social scientists is expected to grow through 2016, prospects are best for those with advanced degrees and in the fields of sociology, anthropology and archaeology.
What/Where the jobs are
Teaching in secondary and elementary schools, political parties, certain industries, law.
Associate in Arts (AA)
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