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Political Science
Political Science
Career Opportunities and Work Life

According to Lake Michigan College political science instructor and program coordinator Dr. Gary Roberts, "a degree in political science develops a student into a well-rounded, civically responsible citizen of the United States."

A degree in political science opens many career paths including:

  • Teaching (elementary, secondary, or collegiate level)
  • Political scientist
  • Law
  • Government employment
  • Elected office
  • Congressional aide
  • Activities specialist
  • Media analyst
  • Statistical/budget analyst
  • Business

Many political science graduates continue onto law school. "Political science is widely considered to be an exemplary undergraduate degree to serve as a precursor to law school," says Dr. Roberts. "Campaign advisors, statisticians, and journalists likewise, on many occasions, use political science as a stepping stone into graduate school and their careers."

Work Environment
Careers utilizing a political science degree are found in government, education, business, and law. With deadline pressures and tight work schedules, careers in these fields often require long hours, extending beyond the 40-hour workweek.

Employment Outlook
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nationally, new job opportunities for political scientists are expected to grow 8 percent by 2020.

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