Careers

The Department of Government takes your future career seriously.

 Get the Job You Want

  • An undergraduate degree in political science is good preparation for graduate study in political science, public administration, foreign policy, business, and more. It is an ideal preparation for law school.
  • Maintain a high grade point average to ensure maximum appeal among graduate schools or employers.
  • Seek the classes and experiences that will best prepare you for your ideal job.
  • Consider doing one or more carefully selected internships before you graduate. Employers prefer potential employees with working experience.
  • Develop strong leadership skills; run for office in clubs and organizations in school or community. Volunteer to organize or lead an event or project.
  • Join related social and/or professional organizations.
  • Build a strong personal network through formal and informal contacts.

We strongly encourage you to think about jobs as early in your course of study as possible. We offer regularly scheduled classes, events, programs, and internships designed to help our majors identify their preferences and career aspirations and develop strategies that will maximize the chances of getting good jobs in national and international settings.

Every year we offer a course on jobs in political science (PSC 170). Faculty members and UAB's Career and Professional Development Services join forces to develop an individualized program to help you identify job opportunities, sharpen skills, build your resume, and develop a plan for professional growth.

We also host a Career Night for political science majors each October. Speakers at previous career night events have included leaders of local nonprofit organizations, former congressional staffers, and faculty members representing the pre-law society and the Master of Public Administration program.

What Can I Do with This Major?

What do you do with a degree in political science? You can get jobs in federal, state, or local government; business; international organizations; and non-profits.

Start your search here at UAB. To talk about professional opportunities in political science, make an appointment with the Director of the Political Science program. You can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (205) 934-2339.

Career and Professional Development Services has job and internship listings, job fairs, resume builders, and many more resources for UAB students. We recommend that you take advantage of all they have to offer.

There are plenty of other websites that can help you with your career search. Start with one of these:

Careers in Political Science

Below you'll find some of the many careers you can pursue with a degree in political science.

  • Municipal clerk
  • Tax assessor
  • Regional planner
  • Economic developer
  • Legislative clerk
  • Human relations professional
  • Law enforcement supervisor
  • Social services provider
  • Budget official
  • City or county manager
  • Mediator
  • Foreign service officer
  • Intelligence officer
  • Program administrator
  • Immigration or customs officer
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Legislative clerk
  • Judicial clerk
  • Legislative or executive liaison
  • Research analyst
  • Aid specialist
  • Elected or appointed official
  • Campaign manager
  • Lobbyist
  • Political advisor
  • Staff administrator
  • Special interest advocacy
  • Political commentator
  • Pollster
  • Policy administrator
  • Budget specialist
  • Research analyst
  • International civil servant (United Nations, World Health Organization, Organization of American States, etc)
  • Development analyst
  • Poverty-reduction specialist
  • Resource development specialist
  • Educator
  • Human rights advocate
  • Non-profit executive
  • Fund-raising specialist
  • Human resources specialist
  • Public relations executive
  • Sales professional
  • Manager
  • Market research analyst
  • Contractor
  • Journalist
  • Consultant