Political Scientist

Political scientists are experts on how political systems work. They have a detailed understanding of how various political systems originated the principles on which they are based the beliefs they support and how they have evolved over time. Some political scientists specialize in international politics or foreign policy whereas others focus on national or even local politics. According to the website www.myplan.com political scientists study a variety of topics including political ideology and governmental structure. They often conduct public opinion surveys on candidates and on how people feel about political issues. Once elections are over they analyze the results. The website www.ehow.com says that jobs as lobbyists and legislative analysts require a bachelor’s degree in political science. However most jobs for political scientists call for a minimum of a master’s degree and careers in the academic field require a master’s or doctoral degree. Political scientists can work for political research groups and some hold positions in law firms or in the journalism or business fields. Some serve as political consultants or even run for political office themselves. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs in this field will grow at a higher than average rate mainly because of intensified interest in public policy. The average annual income for political scientists is approximately $84000. In general those employed by the federal government earn the most followed by those employed by local governments who earn somewhat higher salaries than those employed in academic positions at colleges and universities.

Education Required: Master's Degree
Avg Salary: $84115
High Salary: $114040
Low Salary: $54190
Tasks: Conducts research on political issues.
Studies both small, regional political issues as well as large, international political issues.
Interviews people about their political views.
Researches how laws affect citizens.
Also Called: Policy Officer
Political Advisor
Political Analyst
Political Consultant
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/about_6545812_job-description-political-scientist.html