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Political Scientist

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political scientist
Master's degree
Median Pay
Median Pay
Job Growth
Job Growth
(Above US Average)
Jobs in 2031
Jobs in 2031

What Do They Do?

A political scientist could...

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Do you watch the news and wonder why and how the governments of different countries make decisions, especially decisions that seem contrary to what you'd expect? You might be a political scientist in the making! Political science is the study of governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior. Political scientists use both humanistic and scientific perspectives and tools to examine the processes and political dynamics of all of the countries of the world.
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Core Tasks

Think about if you'd like the typical tasks a Political Scientist might do:
  • Disseminate research results through academic publications, written reports, or public presentations.
  • Teach political science.
  • Develop and test theories, using information from interviews, newspapers, periodicals, case law, historical papers, polls, or statistical sources.
  • Identify issues for research and analysis.
  • Interpret and analyze policies, public issues, legislation, or the operations of governments, businesses, and organizations.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate programs and policies, and make related recommendations to institutions and organizations.
  • Provide media commentary or criticism related to public policy and political issues and events.

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