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.
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.
Level of Education Attained by Political Scientists
Most common level of education among people in this career: Master's degree (42%)
I recommend starting with internship opportunities in public policy. Internships are a great way to get first-hand experience working in the field so that you can decide if it's right for you or not. I think it's better to gain some experience and figure out what path is the best fit before committing to something like law school.
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