Careers in Political Science

Below is a list of prospective employers and fields of employment for Political Science graduates.  Another useful resource is the website, What Can I do with this Major?  Students who are interested in learning more about career opportunities in Political Science are encouraged to visit the Career Services Center and sign up for Viking CareerLink, a free online job and internship posting database available to students, alumni, and employers. 

Common Employers for Political Science Graduates

Colleges & Universities, Media Organizations, Research Organizations, Polling Organizations, Think Tanks, Special Interest Groups, Consulting Firms, Embassies, Environmental Organizations, CIA, FBI, State & Local Government Agencies, International Agencies, Campaign Organizations, Labor Unions, Law Firms, Magazine Publishing Companies, Network/Cable/Public Broadcasting Stations, Corporations, Courts, Nonprofit Organizations, Political Interest Groups, Radio Stations and Lobbying Firms.

Career Ideas for Political Science Majors:











  • Campaign Manager
  • Special Interest Advocacy
  • Lobbyist
  • Press Secretary
  • Speech Writer
  • Legislative or Congressional Aide
  • Activist
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Pollster
  • Elected or Appointed Positions at Local/State/National level









  • Attorney
  • Judicial Clerk
  • Private Practice
  • Paralegal
  • Civil Rights Advocate
  • Consumer Advocate
  • Corporate Legal Counsel
  • Judge/Mediator
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist
















  • Public Policy Specialist
  • Embassy Employee
  • Urban Policy Planner
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • FBI/CIA Analyst or Agent
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Foreign Intelligence
  • Customs/Immigration Officer
  • Legislative/ Executive/ Judicial Services
  • Peace Corps Officer
  • International Research Specialist
  • Adviser for Governmental Relations
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Public Affairs Adviser
  • Archives/Records Management




  • Administration/Management
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Research
  • Fund Raising




  • Journalist/Author
  • Communications Director
  • Political Commentator
  • Editor of Political Journal

Private Sector









  • Health Care Administrator
  • Corporate Analyst
  • Contract Administrator
  • Governmental Liaison
  • Grant Writer
  • Research Specialist
  • Survey Analyst
  • Banking Executive
  • Financial Consultant
  • Entrepreneur




  • High School Government Teacher
  • University Professor
  • University Administrator