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Political Science Degree Careers

Before becoming a political science major, you might be wondering what can you do with a degree in political science? The truth is, actually a lot.

Political Scientist1

You don’t have to wait for the next election cycle to put your political science degree from University of the Cumberlands to work. Reasoning, interpreting, analyzing – the skills you’ll gain are highly valued by employers in a number of industries. Food for thought when that election cycle starts – political scientists average $122,510 annually.

Maybe your bachelors in political science is just the first step … many graduates of the fine arts program go on to pursue additional certifications or degrees to explore careers in graphic design, advertising or even art therapy.

Postsecondary Instructor2

Another direction you can take is in teaching – training future generations of voters as a college or university instructor. With a median annual salary of $79,640, employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12 percent over the next decade.


  • International Affairs Officer
  • State-Federal Relations Director
  • Lobbyist
  • Policy Consultant
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • Government Instructor
  • Political Science Professor

"$122,510" Median Annual Pay for Political Scientists1

1Political Scientists
2Postsecondary Teachers