Where do Political Scientists Work?

Where do Political Scientists work?
Political Science is one of the most common majors in American universities, and so it’s usually not necessary to say too much about what someone does with a political science degree after graduation from college. The following is (roughly) ordered in terms of the frequency with which our majors pursue these careers.

Like all the disciplines in the liberal arts, a degree in political science is not a vocational or professional degree. It is not intended to provide training for any one specific career. Nevertheless, an undergraduate major in political science is appropriate and valuable preparation for a wide variety of careers. Any professional whose work involves the public domain would benefit from the knowledge gained and the critical skills developed as a political science major.

Political science majors follow varied paths after graduation. A recent survey reported that 56 percent of the graduating political science majors intended to seek immediate employment while another 37 percent planned to pursue graduate or professional education. Of the latter, 74 percent were headed for law school.

In the longer run, a larger proportion of those planned to pursue advanced education, envisioned business school (21 percent) and social sciences graduate study (10.5 percent). A relatively smaller proportion perceived themselves in law school (50.5 percent). Eventually, 50 percent of those with post-graduate education plans intended to seek a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, 4.9 percent a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, and
5.9 percent a medical doctor (M.D.) degree. Graduating Political Science majors who planned to enter the workforce intended primarily to enter business (29.2 percent), media, advertising or journalism (15.3 percent), and government or politics (12.5 percent).

Former political science majors hold a wide variety of responsible positions. By majoring in political science, previous University of Nevada Reno undergraduates have enjoyed access to numerous and different careers in the public and private sectors.

Lawyer
Law is by far the most frequent profession that political science majors follow, and UNR majors are no exception. UNR graduates range from private practice to corporate law.  LSAT and law school information are available in the Political Science office.

Management consultant
UNR graduates range all over the map in their management consulting careers. Some follow the traditional track that’s so common nowadays at UNR, while some others enter consulting after beginning other career paths.

College professor
UNR’s undergraduate training, which emphasizes an analytical approach to problems, makes UNR political science majors especially sought-after in graduate school and, after that, teaching in colleges and universities. The profession continues to enjoy the traditional advantages of academic life including intellectual engagement through teaching and research, self-directed work, and interaction with students in a learning environment. In addition, scholars in most political science fields find that opportunities are available to bring their expertise to bear on pressing public issues.


Business manager
Business management creates the most varied career paths among our graduates.

Military officer
Need we say more? UNR graduates have served in all areas of the American armed forces, ranging from traditional combat-related positions to intelligence and other support positions.

Physician
The science requirements for medical school are pretty minimal, which means that a surprising number of physicians have degrees in English, History, and Political Science. UNR’s graduates find themselves in all areas of medicine.

Journalist
Quite a number of UNR graduates have gone on to a career in journalism, often writing in technical fields, both for daily newspapers and magazines.

Other
The previous professions are common career paths that UNR’s political science majors take. In addition, UNR political science graduates have gone on to such varied professions as teaching high school, working as an analyst for a social science research firm, working for the CIA and performing as a dancer.