The Political Science Option can be applied in a wide range of careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit associations and organizations; campaign management and polling; journalism; pre-collegiate education; electoral politics; research and university and college teaching.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, industries with the highest level of employment for political scientists are (in ascending order): the federal executive branch; scientific research and development services; colleges, universities and professional schools; and social advocacy organizations. These four are also the top paying industries for this occupation, including local governments. The hourly mean wage ranges from $51.73 for political science jobs within the federal executive branch to $27.85 for jobs in colleges, universities and professional schools.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the state of New York as one of the states with the highest concentration of political science workers. New York is also one of the five top paying states for this occupation, with the hourly mean wage of $41.06 and annual mean wage of $85,410 (Occupational Employment Statistics).
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