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High-paying political science jobs?

Jet1234Jet1234 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
edited July 2012 in Other College Majors
I am really interested in public policy, philosophy, economics, political science, law, etc. I would love to major in political science.

However, is the only path from a BS in Poly Sci to a high paying job through law school?

I would enjoy law school but from what I understand, the legal job market right now is awful. I would not enjoy being an attorney for a corporate law firm. However, it seems like this type of job is the only way to make enough money to even pay off law school debt.

Are there any high paying (100k or more) jobs related to politics/public policy out there? (excluding being a politician)
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Replies to: High-paying political science jobs?

  • BIGeastBEASTBIGeastBEAST - Posts: 1,545 Senior Member
    None out of college.

    Some government jobs pay up to 100K depending on your location and GS grade.
  • Jet1234Jet1234 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    I realize that nobody is going to make 100k+ out of college other than investment bankers. I'm talking about a job where you can realistically make 100k+ after say 10 years.

    Or possibly a job out of law school related to politics that allows one to make this amount after a few years (Not corporate law. Something related to policy)?
  • demozdemoz Registered User Posts: 1,177 Senior Member
    President is a good one. Makes about 400k+ on average. I heard the salary is about to go up too.
  • gaginanggaginang Registered User Posts: 424 Member
    Well, excluding being a politician, I suppose being a well-paid teacher/professor could possibly make 100K/yr. That, or I imagine you being employed by a pretty-high profile individual.
  • Roch2743Roch2743 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    Actually, the average income of a political science major (no graduate studies) is more than $100,000, counting those employed at least five years after college.

    There are a LOT of jobs possible. Government jobs will pay you very well - I don't mean politicians, but administrative or organizational jobs. Very few political science majors actually end up being politicians, since being a successful politician in the U.S. requires a huge amount of capital.

    Apart from government jobs, a large portion of political science majors work for private organizations, including businesses (as political analysts and perhaps as lobbyists), unions, and non-profit organizations. The salary of the CEO of a nation-wide charity can actually be higher than that of a President.

    Finally, since you're so interested in the subject, you may go on to graduate school and teach as a professor, which is a very, very comfortable job if you're smart.
  • Sligh_AnarchistSligh_Anarchist Registered User Posts: 2,193 Senior Member
    Actually, the average income of a political science major (no graduate studies) is more than $100,000, counting those employed at least five years after college.

    Source please?
  • darkdreamdarkdream Registered User Posts: 391 Member
    ^ +1 I find that so hard to believe.
  • BIGeastBEASTBIGeastBEAST - Posts: 1,545 Senior Member
    It's easy to fudge stats.

    Find a bunch of independent millionaires who happen to have majored in Poli Sci and the average shoots up.

    The logical career path for Poli Sci majors is Government and Non-Profit. Both notorious for low pay.

    Sure, you could make 100k - 20 years from now, perhaps...possibly, hypothetically.

    An entry level employee (with a bachelors degree) enters the federal government at a GS 5 or 7, which ranges from 30K - 45K, depending on location and overtime it can be more.

    My brother-in -law is a GS 11, lives a very happy middle class lifestyle. My sister doesn't have to work and stays at home with the kids. Modest house, modest cars, modest spending. It all depends on the life you want.

    If your goal is to make 100K - go into a different profession.

    Besides, 100K isn't what it use to be. Not when you factor in a wife, kids, mortgage, and car payments. In fact, it doesn't go very far at all.
  • Homer28Homer28 . Posts: 610 Member
    U.S. Senator and Congressmen make $175,000. Do that for a few years, get promoted to president, and you then make $400,000. Be president for 4 or 8 years, retire, and then make $10 million + in the private sector. See, and you thought a political science degree was worthless!

    ok, in all seriousness, I can't see any benefits to getting a PS degree unless your planning to go to law school. Perhaps this is why PS majors make a lot of money... because they are all lawyers! Some of the highest paid and most notable lawyers in this country got their start at the Woodrow Wilson School before going to Harvard.
  • elbeeenelbeeen Registered User Posts: 1,222 Senior Member
    Maybe United Nations or Amnesty International in NYC. Otherwise, look into DC which has a plethora of what you're looking for.
  • BIGeastBEASTBIGeastBEAST - Posts: 1,545 Senior Member
    100K in DC doesn't go far.
  • elbeeenelbeeen Registered User Posts: 1,222 Senior Member
    ^ hahahaa VERY true. Or NYC for that matter.
  • Jet1234Jet1234 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    What about being a lobbyist or working at a think tank? Do these jobs pay well?
  • BIGeastBEASTBIGeastBEAST - Posts: 1,545 Senior Member
    Most lobbyists are hired because of their connections in government, not their major.

    Could a Poli Sci major be a lobbyist? Sure - but so could a person with any other major.

    I'm not sure how much people in think tanks make, probably 100K at the high end. But again, those jobs aren't exclusive to Poli Sci majors, and most positions aren't entry level.
  • BIGeastBEASTBIGeastBEAST - Posts: 1,545 Senior Member
    What you need to do is figure out what sort of job you'd like to have after graduation and what career path you'd like to pursue, then decide the type of education that best fits those goals. Doing it in reverse isn't good.

    As I said previously, the natural progression from Political Science is Government and Non-Profit, which are both known for low pay. Sure, there are exceptions, but they are just that and even then it takes a very long time to obtain the kind of salary you want compared to other professions.

    Other jobs that make good money in politics, such as a Political Consultant are the result of work experience, not a college degree or major.
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