Government and advocacy jobs
A wide range of government occupations, from urban planning to legislature to intelligence bodies, are available for those with a majors in political science. Many political scientists in Central, State and Local Government are engaged in research and evaluation of functions of the Government. Some are administrators and many others are engaged in policy analysis or problem solving for the intelligence agencies.
One can find jobs lobbying the government on behalf of interest groups and other non-government organizations. These individuals work closely with various stages of government, negotiating with elected officials and influencing policy to advance the goals of their employers or clients.
Employment opportunities for individuals with political science majors are available at the school level and at the college level.
An individual with political science degree and an experience of 3-5 years in journalism can find jobs in the media as a Political Correspondent whose job is to prepare political reports, articles and interviews for print and online publications, as well as television and radio broadcasts.
Public Opinion Research and analysis is of interest to those in politics, and communication. One might also be employed in a university, business organisation, non-profit organisation or an advocacy sector. One might also head one’s own research and consulting firm.
In industries, they are often employed as industrial political scientists. Their main duties are to evaluate the effects of laws and policies on business and forecast political, economic and social trends.
Politicians represent the political, financial, administrative, economic, educational and other interests of their communities, and attempt to become elected to represent those interests on a legislative level. Politicians may perform their duties at a municipal, regional or national level.
There are several aspects of law that might appeal to students with an undergraduate political science degree. Such jobs incorporate the understanding and enforcement of government rules, the interpretation of political ideas and the use of analytical skills. In addition to private practice, lawyers can work at the corporate level or for public sector institutions. They might also work as consumer advocates, judges or district attorneys.
|Stream||Graduation||After Graduation||After Post Graduation|
|Clear Class XII in any Stream With Political Science as a Subject||Pursue Bachelors in Political Science/ Public Administration for 3 years||Pursue Masters in Journalism for 1-2 years in India or Abroad to become a political correspondent.||–|
|Clear Class XII in any Stream With Political Science as a Subject||Pursue Bachelors in Political Science/ Public Administration for 3 years||Pursue LLB for 5 years To become a Human Rights Advocate||–|
|Clear Class XII in any Stream with Political science as a subject.||Pursue B.A.(H) Political Science for 3 years||Pursue Masters in Political Science for 1-2 years in India or Abroad||Pursue M.Phil in Political Science for 2 years and/or Ph.D in Political Science for 3-5 years|
- Most colleges have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII.
- No mandatory subject in Class XII.
- Most of the institutes for post-graduation require bachelors in Political Science or/and related subjects.
- For Lectureship in Political Science, National Educational Test (NET) or Ph.D. is mandatory.
- Most Colleges/Institutes provide admission on the basis of Class 12th percentage/merit. Some institutes also conduct interviews.
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- Publish research results through academic publications, written reports, or public presentations
- Develop and test theories, using information from interviews, newspapers, periodicals, case law, historical papers, polls, or statistical sources
- Collect, analyze, and interpret data such as election results and public opinion surveys, reporting on findings, recommendations, and conclusions
- Evaluate programmes and policies, and make related recommendations to institutions and organizations
- Write drafts of legislative proposals, and prepare speeches, correspondence, and policy papers for governmental use
- Forecast political, economic, and social trends
- Consult and advise government officials, civic bodies, research agencies, media, political parties, and others concerned with political issues
- Provide media commentary or criticism related to public policy and political issues and events