Political Scientists

Political Science Professor Lectures

Political scientists study the structure and theory of government, usually as part of an academic faculty. They are constantly seeking both theoretical and practical solutions to political problems. They divide their responsibilities between teaching and researching. After compiling facts, statistics, and other research, they present their analyses in reports, lectures, and journal articles. There are approximately 3,910 political scientists employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Study the structure and theory of government; seek both theoretical and practical solutions to political problems; teach at colleges and universities; conduct research
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Positions are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Government
  • History
  • Sociology
Experience Internship or postdoctoral position recommended
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Problem-Solving
  • Realistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Research
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Department Head
  • Full Professor of Political Science
  • Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Adjunct