Career and Jobs

There are all sorts of possible jobs and careers for students who study or major in history and/or government (political science). These careers or jobs are fulfilling and rewarding opportunities in all fields of life and worthwhile occupations spanning from public agencies to private corporations, profit or nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions in this country and abroad.

The frequently asked question is this: "What can I or anyone else do with a degree in history or government (political science)?" The answer is nearly anything or almost everything. Here is a list for your scrutiny.

a) A history concentration offers a broadly based liberal arts education that provides the foundation for many careers. A few specific ones are as follows:

Public administration
Tourism bureau manager
Battlefield parks official
National parks assistant
Political lobbyist
Writer/editor in publishing house
Restoration contractor
Analyst
Archivist: public and private sectors
Educator/historian or teacher/professor
Research assistant
Historical preservationist
Corporate historian
Historical advisor for films
Management consultant
State department official
Lawyer
Genealogist
Academic librarian
Archeologist
Museum curator
Journalist
Civil service official
Legislative correspondent
Campaign worker/manager
Researcher for foundations
Manuscript specialist
Conservationist
Intelligence agent/analyst
Public policy planner
Marketing agent
Military site historian
Political editor
Urban planner
Legal assistant

b) According to the American Political Science Association, "political scientists are professionals who study politics, government, and public policies." The discipline is tailored to enable students to "gain analytical skills, administrative competence, and communication abilities that are valued in a wide spectrum of potential career goals." With an academic degree (say, a BA or BS) in the discipline, students have "exciting 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."

These are some of the possible careers and jobs opportunities for students with a degree in political science (or government):

Activist: advocate, organizer or lobbyist
Administrator: corporate, government, nonprofit
Archivist, online political data
Budget examiner or analyst
Attorney, mediator, or state legislator
Banking analyst or executive
Campaign operative, pollster, or volunteer
Career counselor or labor relations specialist
CIA analyst or agent
Public opinion analyst
City/urban planner or housing administrator
Congressional office or committee staffer
Coordinator of federal or state aid
Communications director or speech writer
Corporate analyst, economist, or manager
Corporate public affairs director or executive
Corporate information analyst or system analyst
Corporate advisor, governmental relations
Corporation legislative issue manager
Custom or immigration officer
Editor, online political journal
Entrepreneur
Federal government analyst
Financial consultant
Foreign service officer
Foundation president
Freelance writer or research analyst
High school government/social studies teacher
Information manager
Intelligence officer
International agency officer
International research specialist
Issues analyst, corporate social policy division
Journalist, news editor, or publisher
Juvenile justice specialist
Legislative or policy analyst
Management analyst or consultant
Plans and review officer, U.S. Information Agency
Political commentator
Survey analyst
Teacher or college/university professor
Web content designer, editor, or manager