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Political Science

This sheet has sample occupations, work settings, employers, and career development activities associated with this major. Some of these options may require additional training and career planning. You are not limited to these options when choosing a possible career path.

Sample Occupations

  • Administrator (Community Development, Contract, Health Services, Higher Education, Policy)
  • Ambassador
  • Arbitrator (Labor)
  • Archivist
  • Benefits Calculation Specialist
  • Budget Officer/Analyst
  • Bureau Chief
  • Campaign Assistant
  • CIA Agent
  • City Clerk
  • Customs Worker: Agent, Inspector, Staff Assistant
  • Demographer
  • Director, Fundraising
  • Director, Planning, Evaluation, Research
  • District Program Manager
  • Environmental Occupations
  • Executive Analyst
  • FBI Agent
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Manager
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Intelligence Specialist
  • Internal Auditor
  • Job Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legislative Analyst
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Military Officer
  • Newspaper Writer/Journalist
  • Parole Officer
  • Personnel & Labor Relations Manager
  • Police/Detective
  • Political Scientist
  • Program Auditor
  • Public Affairs Director
  • Quality Improvement Advisor
  • Researcher: Public & Private
  • Rural, Urban, & Community Tax Examiner
  • Teacher: College, University
  • Urban & Regional Planner
  • Veterans Claim Representative

Sample Work Settings

  • Archives, Federal/Municipal
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Children & Family Services Department
  • Civic & Taxpayers’ Associations
  • Consumer Affairs Office
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Court System (Federal, State, Local)
  • Defense Department
  • Department of Commerce
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Economic Development Agencies
  • Educational Institutions
  • Employment Offices (National, State, Local)
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Executive Office of the President
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Labor Relations Board
  • Government Printing Office
  • Government Representatives’ Offices
  • Governor’s Office
  • Grassroots Organizations
  • Health & Human Services Department
  • Healthcare Agencies
  • Historical Societies
  • Housing & Urban Development
  • Import/Export Companies
  • Labor Unions
  • Law Firms
  • Libraries
  • Magazines, Newspapers
  • Market-Research Departments & Firms
  • Media Companies
  • Municipalities
  • Non-Profit Public Service Agencies
  • Peace Corps
  • Political Action Committees
  • Political Party Headquarters
  • Professional Associations
  • Professional Periodicals
  • Public Interest Groups
  • Public Opinion Research
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Regional Planning Councils & Associations
  • School Boards
  • Social Service Agencies
  • U.S. Dept. of Commerce
  • Urban Renewal Agencies
  • Workforce Development Agencies

Sample Employers

A sample of organizations that have hired students with a concentration in political science.

  • Cengage Learning
  • D.C. Consulting, Inc.
  • Teach for America
  • Mathematical Policy Research
  • National Federation of Independent Businesses
  • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
  • U.S. Department of State

Sample Career Center Library Resources

Careers for Number Crunchers & Other Quantitative Types IIA CF-N8
Career Opportunities in Politics, Government, & Activism IIB 11-1011.01 A0
Careers for Good Samaritans & Other Humanitarian Types IIA CF-G6
Federal Career Opportunities VIB2 U7
Federal Jobs in Law Enforcement VIB2 W2
Guide to America’s Federal Jobs: A Complete Directory of U.S. Government Career Opportunities VIB2 T3
Great Jobs for Political Science Majors IIC PL R6
Opportunities in Social Science Careers IB 19-3000 M2
Peterson’s Getting a Government Job: The Civil Service Handbook VIB2 D4
Political Scientists Occupational File IIB 19-3094
Red, White, & Blue Jobs: Finding a Great Job in the Federal Government VIB2 P3

Self Exploration and Career Information

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Additional Information

Explore Careers & Occupations

Choosing a major is often one of the first career decisions you will encounter as you move through the career development process. Knowing about your career and occupational options is the first step to making an informed career decision. The career information on this page will connect you to information about occupations that match your major, including salary, wages, and employment trends, and additional steps you can take to begin your roadmap to career success.

What occupations are related to my major?

The options for each of the majors listed are designed to get you thinking about occupations related to a particular field of study. Remember— these options are certainly not all of the occupations you might consider.

Where can I find salary information?

The Occupational OutLOOK Handbook provides comprehensive occupational information, including median pay, job outlook, employment change, and more.

O*NET Online has detailed descriptions of wages/employment trends and links to specific state and national wage information.

What steps can I take to be successful in my career?

Use the Road Map as a guide to plan goals and activities that enrich and propel your career development throughout your experience at FSU and beyond. Learn about suggested academic milestones and the related career steps across the stages of your time as a student at FSU.

Where could I learn more?

Visit The Career Center to learn about the services and resources available to you through the FSU Career Center. Drop-in career advising is Monday – Friday from 9am-4:30pm in the first floor of the Dunlap Success Center. Call 850-644-6431 for more information.

Your Road Map to Career Success

Use the Road Map as a guide to plan goals and activities that enrich and propel your career development throughout your experience at FSU and beyond. Learn about suggested academic milestones and the related career steps across the stages of your time as a student at FSU.

1. Plan Your Career

  • Visit The Career Center to find resources on various majors/occupations.
  • Identify personal values, interests, and skills.
  • Visit faculty and departments for information on majors.
  • Attend a Pizza and A Major workshop, co-sponsored with Advising First.
  • Find occupations, books, professional organizations, and resources by using Match Major Sheets.
  • Get connected with The Career Center’s social media pages.
  • Start your online Career Portfolio.
  • Review The Career Center’s modules, such as Making a Career Decision.

2. Gain Information

3. Identify Occupations

  • Explore more than 3,000 information resources in The Career Center library to help you research majors or related occupations.
  • Search for books, videos, and other resources about your major in Career Key.
  • Conduct an informational interview to learn more about professions.
  • Connect with professionals in your area of interest and expand your network by accessing ProfessioNole.
  • Use a computer-assisted career guidance system to explore occupations related to your personal interests.

4. Get Experience

  • Use The Career Center to find part-time jobs on or off campus.
  • Update your Career Portfolio to connect your experiences to skills employers want.
  • Identify and join student organizations related to your career goals. Join Delta Epsilon Iota, a career-focused student honor society. Participate in a job shadowing opportunity.
  • Research volunteer opportunities related to your career field. Attend a workshop on how to find an internship.
  • Explore internship or cooperative education experiences related to your major or career field.
  • Join the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society.

5. Prepare for the Next Step

  • Revise your résumé and cover letter and have it critiqued by a Career Advisor.
  • Update your résumé in SeminoleLink Plus! to access internship search services.
  • Connect to professional organizations related to your career field.
  • Sign up for a mock interview using SeminoleLink Plus! to practice interviewing.
  • Attend The Career Center’s Nole to ProfessioNole employability workshops on résumé writing, career fair preparation, and more.
  • Create your own LinkedIn profile and join The Career Center’s LinkedIn group.
  • View online Career Center workshops to learn job search skills.
  • Speak with a Career Advisor to plan your job or graduate school search.
  • Get your professional statement for graduate school critiqued by a Career Advisor.
  • Attend the Graduate and Professional School Fair.

6. Find Opportunities

  • Visit The Career Center library to investigate and research potential employers.
  • Attend various career fairs to identify employment opportunities and network with employers.
  • View and apply to job listings and create job search agents in SeminoleLink Plus!
  • Participate in employer information sessions and networking receptions.
  • Engage in on-campus interviewing.
  • Attend Seminole Success Night and Veterans Networking Night.
  • Refer potential employers to your Career Portfolio.

Freshman Stages 1 2

  • Learn about FSU majors at Make an initial selection by declaring a departmental major, or choose the Exploratory major if you need additional time or support with this decision.
  • Identify an Advisor in your major and learn about appointment options by visiting Exploratory Advisors are housed on the ground floor of the William Johnston Building, room G002.
  • Select liberal studies courses that meet University requirements and allow you to explore areas of interest. Pay special attention to the requirements listed on your Academic Map (M) (
  • Consider applying to the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) for a one-year research and training experience (
  • Enroll in a Freshman Interest Group (FIG), which can also support you during your first year of college.
  • Learn about tutoring, effective study strategies, and Academic Support Centers by connecting with the FSU Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) at

Sophomore Stages 2 3 4

  • Understand your academic requirements, and monitor the liberal studies and prerequisite requirements for your major.
  • Connect with your Academic Advisor to review current academic requirements, deadlines, and steps needed to enter your intended major.
  • Seek academic guidance from Advisors who specialize in working with Exploratory upperclassman if you are experiencing indecision about your major. Visit the Center for Academic Planning in 3200 UCA.

Junior Stages 3 4 5

  • Verify your academic progress, including liberal studies, major milestones, and any minor/certificate requirements.
  • Consider research opportunities, including a DIS (Directed Individual Study) or Honors in the Major, as another way to explore your academic and career field.
  • Explore opportunities for graduate school, including combined degree programs and other professional degrees at
  • Apply for graduation (when you reach 90 credit hours) with the Registrar and with your Dean’s office in your major. These requests should be made two terms prior to your expected graduation date.

Senior Stages 4 5 6

  • Initiate a major/minor check with your Dean’s office and a graduation check with the Registrar’s Office.
  • Meet with your Academic Advisor to ensure you are on track to complete all University major and minor requirements for graduation.
  • Apply for graduation by the tenth day of classes within the term you wish to graduate.