Political scientists investigate the ways in which political power is organized, distributed
and used at the local, state, national and international level. They study a range
of subjects including international relations, public opinion and how political decisions
Representative Job Titles and Area of Specialization
* See Training section
|City Planner *
|Congressional Staff Member *
||Political Scientist *
|Elected Public Official
||Public Information Officer *
|Foreign Service Officer
||Social Security Representative
Nature of the Work
Most political scientists are involved in teaching, research, and consulting in colleges
Some political scientists are primarily researchers or consultants for businesses,
courts, government, trade associations and citizens' groups. They may work at lobbyists,
journalists or as advisors to candidates for political office.
Places of Employment
|City, county and state government
|Central Intelligence Agency
|Department of Defense
|Department of State
||Public interest groups
|Environmental Protection Agency
|Immigration and Naturalization Service
|Office of Personnel Management
|Social Security Administration
||Universities and colleges
A bachelor's degree qualifies you for many of the careers listed above depending on
the type of courses you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad.
Typically, you would need specific education and/or experience beyond the bachelor's
degree for job titles designated by an asterisk.
A master's degree qualifies you for some administrative and research positions in
government and industry.
If you want to teach and conduct research at a university, you will need a Ph.D.
For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951)
The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.