Political Science - A Career Overview

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Political Science.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • Understanding of the origin, development and operation of various political systems
  • Knowledge of the factors that influence and change public opinion
  • Ability to critically evaluate the arguments of others and debate effectively
  • Understanding of the interrelationship of politics, the economy and geography
  • Understanding of policies and strategies of resource allocation among competing groups
  • Global viewpoint of leadership principles and social, cultural and political issues
  • Ability to perform comparative and critical analyses
  • Familiarity with the policy-making process and the relevance of legislation

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Business Administrator
Campaign/Elections Officer
Community Agency Director
Community Planner
Community Relations Specialist
Community Worker
Consumer Advocate
Corporate Trainer
Corrections Officer
Diplomat/Embassy Officer
Education Program Co-ordinator
Event Planner
Executive Assistant
Financial Planner/Advisor
Foreign Aid Worker
Foreign Service Officer
Human Resources
Human Rights Officer
Immigration Officer
Industry/Labour Analyst
Intelligence Agent
Labour Organizer/Negotiator
Labour Relations Mediator
Law Enforcement
Market Research Analyst
Media Analyst/Researcher
Policy Advisor/Researcher
Political Aide
Political Correspondent
Political Strategist
Program Evaluator
Property/Housing Manager
Public Administration
Public Opinion Analyst
Public Policy Analyst
Public Relations
Real Estate Appraiser/Agent
Sales Manager
Speech Writer
Strategic Planning Consultant
Technical Writer
Urban Planner
Volunteer Co-ordinator

Potential Employers

Consulting Firms
Educational Institutions
Law Enforcement Agencies
Lobbying Firms/Municipalities
Market Research Firms
Media Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Political Parties
Public Opinion Researchers
Research Firms
Statistics Canada/Polling
Think Tanks


Canadian Political Science Association - cpsa-acsp.ca
International Political Science Association - ipsa.org
Canadian Policy Research Networks - cprn.org
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - policyalternatives.ca
Canadian International Council - ciss.ca
The Council of Canadians - canadians.org
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management - appam.org
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences - ideas-idees.ca
Canadian Council on Social Development - ccsd.ca

Are you interested in learning first hand about the careers our alumni have successfully pursued? Connect with Laurier alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program. Participating alumni represent a variety of disciplines, careers and industries.

In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.

This resource is available at the Career Resource Centre.

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