Future Prospects in Political Science
Political Science is a study of people, community and corporations. Studying Political Science prepares students for a variety of careers including journalism, international affairs, law, teaching, and career in political offices. Students will get a chance to study the social, economic and political life of people learning about their political values. Adopting different approaches, this course allows students to adopt liberal thinking and prepare for their career ahead.
Importance of Political Science in today’s world-
Most of the countries in the world follow democracy so the importance of choosing Political science increases automatically. Political Science is beyond politics, it transforms you from an ordinary thinker to a critical and analytical one. It gives you an edge over other students planning to pursue a career in policy making or data analysis.
Skills you will gain as a Political Science Student
- As a political science student, you will hone your writing, analytical, communication and data skills that are fundamental to a great career. It allows you to think creatively and critically.
- You will gain the ability to assess the statistical arguments and thus, the analytical skills.
- Ability to work on political case studies and engage with social and political problems.
- Ability to gather information and organize as per the purpose.
List of Top Courses in Political Science
- B.A. (Hons.) Political Science
- MA- Public Policy and Public Administration
- M.A. Political Science
- Ph.D. Political Science
Eligibility to choose Political science-
For UG Courses in Political Science:-
- Students must have passed their class 12 with CBSE, ICSE or any other recognized board.
- Student must have secured minimum 60 percentile in his/her +2(though the criteria vary from university to university)
For PG Courses in Political Science: To get admission in PG course, aspirant must have completed UG studies from from a recognised University with a minimum of 50% marks
Career option after Political Science :-
Civil services:- After completion of graduation, students can pursue their career in civil services. The Indian Civil Services is a respectable career choice. Indian administrative service & Indian Foreign Service is a popular choice for the students of Political science. Being a civil servant, one can contribute towards society’s development.
Journalism :- When we watch or read news, we find that most of the news has a relation with politics. After completion, a Political science student has a good understanding of how the government works and which helps you in the journey of being a journalist, editor & anchor. Thus, you can step into the world of journalism after completing your post graduation.
L.L.B (law):- During the graduation, you became familiar with the Constitution. To make a career in law, one must have critical and analytical skills which you already have. To get the degree of L.L.B, you must have to pursue LL.B. after graduation.
Non governmental organization:- While pursuing a political science course, students gather knowledge and develop the attitude to help society. To pursue a career in social service, students can start their own non governmental organization. During the graduation you’ll become aware about the condition of society which forces you to do something for them. While working in an NGO, you can pursue Masters in Public Policy, Public Administration or in Political science too.
Academics:- A career in academics is the best option for those students who are keen to dive into the river of knowledge and who love to enlighten students through their knowledge. You can pursue your dream as a school teacher or a professor in university. To teach in school, you must have a B.Ed. degree and for university, you must have cleared the UGC NET.
Mass media:- Political science students have a knowledge & understanding of Political science, elections, and international relations which makes Political Science graduates ideal candidates for the media profession.
Psephologist :- As time is passing, demand for Psephologists is increasing owing to the conduct of elections in all the three levels in the country. Work of the Psephologist is to conduct surveys, analyze voting polls & voting behavior/Political mood among the voters, and write articles for publications in the newspapers, magazines and journals. Average salary ranges from 3 to 4 LPA.
Top job profiles for political science students:
- Policy Analyst
- Legislative Assistant
- Public Relations Specialist
- Social Media Manager
- Intelligence Analyst
- Political Campaign Staff
- Political Scientist
- Urban and Regional Planner
- Community Service Manager
- Survey Researcher
- Management Analyst
Salary of a Political Science Graduate
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects 6% job growth for political scientists between 2019 and 2029. An entry-level job in Political Science earns you an average salary of 2 lakhs per annum. With experience and skill enhancement, you can expect a steady increase in your salary.
Conclusion:- So, after reading this, I hope you now have an idea about the skills and the scope of Political science. Pursuing study in Political Science enhances your critical & analytical skills. After completing Bachelors & masters, you can choose to continue study by opting for Ph.D. or M.Phil. in Political Science.
Written By:- Ashish Gupta, Student of B.A. (Hons.) Political Science, Batch 2020-23