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
- Government employment
- Elected office
- Congressional aide
- Activities specialist
- Media analyst
- Statistical/budget analyst
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."
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.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nationally, new job opportunities for political scientists are expected to grow 8 percent by 2020.