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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 - The American Political Science Association - Political Science Quarterly - International Political Science Association (IPSA) - The American Bar Association - American Civil Liberties Union - Legal News and Information - Federal Government Employment Information - American Association of Political Consultants - Council on Foreign Relations - National Association of State Lobbyists - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information

JOB SEARCH LINKS - Go to Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - NY State Jobs - The Federal Government’s official job site Provides information and Federal Government job opportunities for students and recent graduates - Federal jobs and internships - Jobs with the U.S. Department of State - Westchester County government site Nonprofit site, internships and jobs - The Washington Center for Internships & Academic Seminars - Jobs in law and career information - Foreign Policy Association - jobs and information - Public service jobs

Additional Resources Available at the CDC