Political Scientists
SOC: 19-3094.00

Description:

Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decision-making, 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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
6,200 employed

Projected (2024):
6,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Deputy Director
  • Government Affairs Researcher
  • Government Affairs Specialist
  • International Affairs Vice President
  • Local Governance and Citizen Participation Specialist
  • Policy Officer
  • Political Advisor
  • Political Aide
  • Political Analyst
  • Political Consultant
  • Political Research Scientist
  • Political Researcher
  • Political Science Professor
  • Professor
  • Program Analyst
  • State-Federal Relations Deputy Director
  • Strategist
  • Technical Director


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media


  • Tasks:

  • Teach political science.
  • Disseminate research results through academic publications, written reports, or public presentations.
  • Identify issues for research and analysis.
  • Develop and test theories, using information from interviews, newspapers, periodicals, case law, historical papers, polls, or statistical sources.
  • Maintain current knowledge of government policy decisions.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data such as election results and public opinion surveys, reporting on findings, recommendations, and conclusions.
  • Interpret and analyze policies, public issues, legislation, or the operations of governments, businesses, and organizations.
  • Evaluate programs and policies, and make related recommendations to institutions and organizations.
  • Write drafts of legislative proposals, and prepare speeches, correspondence, and policy papers for governmental use.
  • Forecast political, economic, and social trends.
  • Consult with and advise government officials, civic bodies, research agencies, the media, political parties, and others concerned with political issues.
  • Provide media commentary or criticism related to public policy and political issues and events.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Conference phones
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital audio recorders
  • Digital video disk DVD players
  • Handheld calculators
  • Laptop computers
  • Overhead display projectors
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software
  • Bare Bones Software BBEdit 10 software
  • CQ Press Political Reference Suite
  • DataMystic TextPipe Pro
  • EBSCO Publishing Academic Search Premier
  • EBSCO Publishing Political Science Complete
  • Email software
  • Europa World Plus
  • FedStats
  • Gale Expanded Academic ASAP PLUS
  • IDM Computer Solutions UltraEdit software
  • Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) database
  • JSTOR database
  • JudgeIt II
  • Library of Congress E-resources Online Catalog
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • Oxford Reference Online
  • ProQuest Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS) database
  • ProQuest Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • R
  • Sage Reference Online
  • SAP software
  • SAS software
  • SPSS software
  • StataCorp Stata
  • WinBUGS


  • life physical and social science


    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220