Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • Ability to speak articulately read comprehensively and write well
  • Ability to persuade and influence others
  • Observant
  • Decision making
  • Research, collect, organize and clearly present information to others
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate data
  • Solving problems
  • Aptitude for accuracy and detail
  • Leadership abilities
  • Works well under pressure
  • Ability to communicate abstract ideas to others

CAREER TITLES

  • Archivist
  • Author
  • Budget Analyst
  • City Planner
  • Detective
  • Diplomat
  • District Attorney
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Federal Agent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Fund Raiser
  • Government Worker
  • Issue Analyst
  • Journalist
  • Judge
  • Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Researcher
  • Media Relations
  • News Reporter
  • Paralegal
  • Police Officer
  • Political Consultant
  • Political Scientist
  • Politician
  • Pollster
  • Professor
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Affairs Specialist
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Reporter
  • Research Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Student Affairs Administrator

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE

  • Government Agencies
  • Judicial Offices
  • Law Firms
  • Military Divisions
  • News Agencies
  • International Agencies
  • Radio and Television Broadcasting
  • Museums
  • Foundations
  • Civic Organizations
  • Financial Institutions
  • Employee Unions
  • Educational Institutions
  • Corporations
  • Non-profit Organizations

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

www.apsanet.org - The American Political Science Association
www.psqonline.org - Political Science Quarterly
www.ipsa.org - International Political Science Association (IPSA)
www.americanbar.org - The American Bar Association
www.aclu.org - American Civil Liberties Union
www.law.com - Legal News and Information
www.federaljobs.net - Federal Government Employment Information
www.theaapc.org - American Association of Political Consultants
www.cfr.org - Council on Foreign Relations
www.statelobbyists.org - National Association of State Lobbyists
www.bls.gov/ooh - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.purchase.edu/careerdevelopment - Go to Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.cs.ny.gov - NY State Jobs
www.usajobs.gov - The Federal Government’s official job site
www.usajobs.gov/studentsandgrads- Provides information and Federal Government job opportunities for students and recent graduates
gogovernment.org - Federal jobs and internships
www.state.gov/careers - Jobs with the U.S. Department of State
www.westchestergov.com - Westchester County government site
www.idealist.org- Nonprofit site, internships and jobs
www.twc.edu - The Washington Center for Internships & Academic Seminars
www.lawjobs.com - Jobs in law and career information
www.fpa.org - Foreign Policy Association - jobs and information
www.publicservicecareers.org - Public service jobs

Additional Resources Available at the CDC