Political Scientists

Political Scientists

Career outlook for

Political Scientists

What's it like?

Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decision making, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.

Working conditions


  1. Disseminate research results through academic publications, written reports, or public presentations.
  2. Teach political science.
  3. Develop and test theories, using information from interviews, newspapers, periodicals, case law, historical papers, polls, or statistical sources.
  4. Identify issues for research and analysis.
  5. Interpret and analyze policies, public issues, legislation, or the operations of governments, businesses, and organizations.
  6. Maintain current knowledge of government policy decisions.
  7. Collect, analyze, and interpret data, such as election results and public opinion surveys, reporting on findings, recommendations, and conclusions.
  8. Provide media commentary or criticism related to public policy and political issues and events.
  9. Evaluate programs and policies, and make related recommendations to institutions and organizations.

Top Skills

  • Reading Comprehension.
  • Instructing.
  • Writing.
  • Speaking.  
  • Active Listening.
  • Critical Thinking.
  • Persuasion.
  • Learning Strategies.
  • Monitoring.
  • Judgment and Decision Making.
  • Complex Problem Solving.
  • Service Orientation.
  • Social Perceptiveness.
  • Time Management.
  • Coordination.
  • System Analysis.


Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, Political Economy.

Average Salary​

15032/ Month

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