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Political Scientists

Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decisionmaking, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Disseminate research results through academic publications, written reports, or public presentations.
    • Teach political science.
    • Develop and test theories, using information from interviews, newspapers, periodicals, case law, historical papers, polls, or statistical sources.
    • Interpret and analyze policies, public issues, legislation, or the operations of governments, businesses, and organizations.
    • Maintain current knowledge of government policy decisions.
    • Collect, analyze, and interpret data, such as election results and public opinion surveys, reporting on findings, recommendations, and conclusions.
    • Evaluate programs and policies, and make related recommendations to institutions and organizations.
    • Forecast political, economic, and social trends.
    • Consult with and advise government officials, civic bodies, research agencies, the media, political parties, and others concerned with political issues.
    • Write drafts of legislative proposals, and prepare speeches, correspondence, and policy papers for governmental use.

    Skills

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Pay

    • US Annual Salary 125350/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • US Hourly Wage 60.27/hr
    • US Typical Hourly Wage

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    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Independence
    • Integrity
    • Initiative
    • Persistence

    Tools

    • Notebook computers
    • Digital voice recorders
    • Digital video disk players or recorders
    • Desktop computers
    • Audioconferencing systems

    Technology

    • Information retrieval or search software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Data base management system software
    • Analytical or scientific software
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