Political Scientists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+6.1% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Master's degree


What Political Scientists Do

Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decisionmaking, 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.

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Director ,

Legislative Education Study Committee

I play a pivotal nonpartisan role in supporting bipartisan members, focusing on research and best practices to enhance equity in New Mexico's education system. My work involves strategic planning around the state's alternating 30-day budget-focused sessions and 60-day policy sessions. I emphasize culturally sustainable teaching and demystify educational jargon for legislators, ensuring they understand the needs and funding requirements of educators.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Disseminate research results through academic publications, written reports, or public presentations.
  • Teach political science.
  • Develop and test theories, using information from interviews, newspapers, periodicals, case law, historical papers, polls, or statistical sources.
  • Identify issues for research and analysis.
  • Interpret and analyze policies, public issues, legislation, or the operations of governments, businesses, and organizations.

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