Career Options

Careers for Political Science Majors

  • Paralegal/Lawyer
  • Politician
  • Judge
  • Campaign Manager/Political Consultant
  • Political Analyst/Technical Writer
  • Lobbyist
  • Journalist/Media Specialist
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Community Organizer
  • Elected or appointed officials in local, state, or federal government
  • Professional researchers and writers for elected officials

Starting Salary*

The typical starting salary for a political science major is $40,269. The typical salary after 10–19 years is $70,210.

*Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit

Job Titles of People with Political Science Degrees

  • Special Agent, Tennessee Bomb and Arson Section
  • Attorney, Venable, LLP
  • Vice President, Emergency Committee for American Trade (ECAT)
  • Senior Counsel for Corporate Affairs, Recording Industry Association of America Inc.
  • Editor, Congress Reconsidered
  • Congressional Fellow, American Political Science Association
  • Project Assistant, Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook, and Brickman, LLC.
  • Special Agent, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
  • Associate Project Director, Lunz, Maslansky Strategic Research
  • Government and Business Affairs Liaison, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Sixth Circuit
  • Field Organizer, Barack Obama's presidential campaign
  • Analyst, Florida Department of Education
  • Regional Reporter, Washington Bureau of The Associated Press
  • Lobbyist, Association for Public Television Stations
  • Chief of Staff, Representative Jerry McNerny (D-CA,11)
  • Public Information Officer, Office of the Tulare County District Attorney
  • President & CEO, The Buckeye Institute
Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.