Political Scientists

Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decision-making, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.
Also called: International Affairs Vice President, State-Federal Relations Deputy Director


    Safety and Government
  • law and government
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • history and archeology
    Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
    Math and Science
  • sociology and anthropology


    Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • talking to others
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
    People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
    Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems


Description: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
  • Persistence


    Information retrieval or search software
  • JSTOR database
  • ProQuest Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    Analytical or scientific software
  • IBM SPSS Statistics
  • SAS
    Data base user interface and query software
  • Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) database
  • Microsoft Access


    doctoral degree
    master's degree

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