Careers in Political Science

A degree in Political Science is excellent preparation for a career in government or with an international organization, such as the United Nations. Opportunities also exist with non-profit groups, like Amnesty International or local food banks. You may also find work in the private sector, particulary with larger companies that have government relations departments. Many journalists have a background in Political Science as well. Finally, Political Science is an excellent stepping stone to law school or a professional graduate program, like a Masters degree in Public Administration or Public Policy.

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What types of skills will you develop?

The skills you develop in the study of political science are transferable to different types of work, and include the following:

  • Ability to present and debate an argument
  • Ability and desire to engage in social and political issues 
  • Use reasoning and logic to find solutions to problems 
  • Ability to gather, evaluate, and organize relevant data
  • Develop critical thinking skills and assess the effectiveness of policies and laws
  • Gain an understanding of our political system and others
  • Ability to present information clearly, effecively, and persuasively

Career opportunities

Studying political science can lead you to a variety of careers, and is not limited to being a politican. A political science degree provides a solid foundation for the pursuit of further study in law or political science. Below are a few examples of careers you might pursue:

  • constituency office worker
  • policy research analyst
  • journalist
  • social worker
  • program manager
  • city planner
  • community activist
  • government worker (such as customs officer)
  • researcher
  • senior bureaucrat

Prepare for your career


Gain experience in your field of interest by considering an internship:

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Career outlook

Compare the outlooks of different occupations in Canada on the government of Canada's webpage, Explore Careers by Outlook.

More info

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