Political scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. They research political ideas and analyze the structure and operation of governments, policies, political trends, and related issues. Work Environment
Most political scientists—about 53 percent—work for the federal government. Others work for think tanks, nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, political lobbying groups, and labor organizations. How to Become a Political Scientist
Political scientists need a master’s degree or Ph.D. in political science, public administration, or a related field. They should have strong writing skills and research experience. Pay
The median annual wage of political scientists was $107,420 in May 2010. Job Outlook
Employment of political scientists is expected to grow 8 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Employment will increase in response to a growing interest in public policy and political issues. However, because the number of students graduating with degrees in political science is growing, candidates should face strong competition for most positions. Similar Occupations
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Political scientists advise governments, businesses, or organizations on political issues.
Political scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. They research political ideas and analyze the structure and operation of governments, policies, political trends, and related issues. Duties
Political scientists typically do the following:
Research political subjects, such as the U.S. political system, relations between the United States and foreign countries, and political ideologies
Collect and analyze data from sources such as public opinion surveys and election results
Use qualitative sources, such as historical documents, to develop theories
Use quantitative methods, such as statistical analysis, to test theories
Evaluate the effects of policies and laws on government, businesses, and people
Identify new political issues to study
Monitor current events, recent policy decisions, and other issues relevant to their work
Forecast political, economic, and social trends
Present research results by writing reports, giving presentations, and publishing in academic journals
...no, it's called "fear tactics"...my wife and I voted exactly the same on ballot measures...but...she couldn't vote for anyone with an "R" attached to her name because she bought all the BS about women loosing their rights...not science, just fear tactics...but I will say this to you demorats, "if you don't cheat it just means you don't want to win bad enough"...
Philadelphia-based freelancer Pat Kelley has been writing since 2002, most recently for Scripps Texas Newspapers. He has won numerous awards for reporting. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science.
By Pat Kelley, eHow Contributor
Were you called randomly?
Scientific polls accurately reflect and describe public opinion. The key factor that dictates whether a poll is scientific or not is whether the group who is surveyed is selected randomly. In a randomly selected group, it is the surveyors, not the surveyed, who select potential respondents. Polls in which people choose to participate, such as Internet polls, are not scientific.