Career Paths for Political Science Students

Career sectors for political science students created by the American Political Science Association:

  • Academic Research and Teaching
  • Public Administration and International Affairs
  • Non-governmental Organizations and Nonprofits
  • Business and Finance
  • Journalism and Media

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Students interested in political sciences may be interested in becoming a lawyer.

National Quick Facts: Lawyers
2015 Median Pay $115,820 per year
$55.69 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Doctoral or professional degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2014 778,700
Job Outlook, 2014-24 6% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2014-24 43,800

What Lawyers Do

Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.

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