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What Kind of Jobs Can You Get With a Political Science Degree?

by Melissa King, Demand Media

    If you enjoy arguing about politics with friends and family, or have an opinion about everything government related, consider getting a bachelor's degree in political science. A political science degree opens up the door to careers in government work or, with further education, a career as a lawyer. Many of these jobs are well-paying and can provide you with the satisfaction of using your critical thinking skills.

    Lawyer

    Many students obtain a political science degree to prepare themselves for a career as a lawyer. While studying political science, students learn about various government policies and laws, skills that will serve them well in the legal field. A political science degree alone won't get you a job as a lawyer, though. For that, you'll need to attend and graduate law school to get your Juris Doctor, or J.D., also known as a law degree. You will also need to pass the bar exam in your state if you wish to practice law there.

    Law Related

    If you don't want to work through a few years of law school after getting your bachelor's degree, but you would like to work in the legal profession, you have several other choices. Consider being a paralegal or legal assistant. Paralegals aid lawyers by helping them prepare cases, and they also offer assistance during trials. Legal secretaries handle not only traditional office work, such as answering phones and filing papers, but also law-related work, including conducting research and drawing up legal documents. Legal secretaries work in law offices, as well as for the government.

    Politician and Criminal Justice

    As the name of the political science degree implies, you'll know a lot about politics and the government when you complete your studies. With such a degree, you can run for a local or federal government position. Also consider a career as an immigration or customs officer. You may also enjoy a job as a lobbyist or government analyst. Such careers let you directly apply the knowledge you obtained during your course of study to your work.

    Education

    With a political science degree and a teaching certification, you may be qualified to be a teacher in your county or state. If you have a bachelor's degree, you will likely be able to teach social studies at the elementary school level, although some states might require you to hold a degree in education as well. With a master's degree in political science, you are qualified to teach at higher grade levels. A Ph.D. lets you work in universities, either as a professor or a researcher.

    Other Careers

    Individuals with a political science degree often find careers in journalism, and are likely to enjoy covering political news and events. Some degree holders obtain careers as public relations specialists, editors or accountants. If you enjoy working with the public, jobs are available in sales, retail and as a customer service representative. You may also be able to work as a real estate agent, though this may require additional certification. Many political science degree holders also work as upper-level management and executives.

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    About the Author

    Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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