Political Science Career Outlook
A general program that focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and behavior. Includes instruction in political philosophy, political theory, comparative government and politics, political parties and interest groups, public opinion, political research methods, studies of the government and politics of specific countries, and studies of specific political institutions and processes.
Explore the subsections below to learn more about the potential skills a student with a political science major can develop as well as the potential positions, areas, and employers that hire students with this degree. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
As a political science major, students may develop or advance skills including oral and written communication, research, analytical, interpersonal, an understanding of the U.S. political system, logic, cultural awareness and an international perspective
Graduates with a degree in political science can work as economists, Archivists/Curators, Government Affairs Representatives, Legislative Assistants, Lobbyists, Paralegals, Political Campaign positions, Urban and regional Planners, Volunteer Coordinators.
Graduates with a degree in political science can work within the following areas: public policy, urban planning, legislative/executive/judicial, law enforcement, intelligence/foreign service, nonprofits, legal aid, political campaigns/parties, public relations, resource development, communications/media, market research, fundraising/development.
Graduates with a degree in political science can work for federal, state, and local governments, townships, court systems, corporations, law firms, religious organizations, defense contractors, labor unions, libraries/museums, foundations.
Use the employment opportunity resources below to kickstart your preprofessional and or professional experience search. You may also identify a professional or student organization to join and network with indivdiuals in your major and field. Please note that these are not exhaustive lists and should be used as a starting point.
- Chicago Federation of Labor (Unions' websites)
- City of Chicago
- Cook County Illinois
- Cook County Public Defender
- Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator
- Federal Executive Board
- Foreign Service/U.S. Dept. of State
- GPO Access
- Illinois Attorney General's Office
- Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights
- Illinois Department of Human Services
- Illinois Department of Natural Resources
- Illinois State Archives
- State of Illinois
- The Environmental Careers Organization
- The Washington DC Job Source
- The White House
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- United States Federal Government
- Will County Illinois