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Political science is the study of society and the politics that govern everything, from social behaviors to the development and workings of political systems. Political scientists help governments make decisions and policies and properly exert their authority as well as find solutions to societal and governmental problems.

Political scientists also study the interaction of the United States with other countries, as well as the conclusions of the U.S. Supreme Court and how its decisions affect American life.

Education & Career Opportunities in Political Science

People who earn degrees in political science usually end up working as market or policy analysts for the government or non-profit oversight groups. Others work as researchers or writers, interpreting governmental policies.

There are relatively few entry-level positions available to people who hold bachelor's degrees in political science; most jobs in the field require advanced degrees and several years of work experience. Since the field requires a great deal of gathering and analyzing data, political scientists must excel in statistics and math.

Political science is a good-paying field--According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary was $104,090 in 2009. Many political science graduates also work as teachers--those who do earned median annual salaries $68,790, with the top professors taking home more than $128,000 annually. Market research analysts earned average annual salaries of $61,580, while the highest wage earners could earn more than $111,900 per year.



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