There are currently an estimated 7,300 political scientists in the United States. The political scientist job market is expected to grow by 2.7% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are political scientists?

CareerExplorer rates political scientists with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 6,300 political scientists. That number is based on 200 additional political scientists, and the retirement of 6,100 existing political scientists.

Are political scientists in demand?

While there will be consistent demand for political scientists with extensive knowledge of political systems, institutions, and policies, candidates in this field will face intense competition, mostly because this is a small occupation in which even fast growth results in a relatively limited number of new jobs. Some of the most sought after opportunities for political scientists will continue to be with government agencies such as the CIA and FBI. Other coveted jobs will be with lobbying firms and political, social, and nonprofit organizations that research or advocate for prominent causes like immigration, healthcare, and the environment. The federal government – which now employs more than half of all political scientists in the United States – will continue to need them to assess the impact of government regulatory policies, services, and budget cuts. Additional opportunities, sometimes part-time ones, may emerge with political candidates, universities, media outlets, and think-tanks focusing on politics and political theory. Candidates who possess a Master’s Degree or Doctorate; strong writing and policy analysis skills; research experience; and foreign language abilities should have the best job prospects. Those with a Bachelor’s Degree in political science may find entry-level positions as assistants or research assistants, or outside of the political and policy arena in fields such as business and law.

What’s the supply of political scientists?

Political Scientist job market by state

State Name Employed Political Scientists
District of Columbia 3,670
Virginia 930
Texas 320
New York 110
Washington 110
Arizona 100
Maryland 80
Pennsylvania 70
Illinois 50
Michigan 50
Ohio 50
Maine 50
Georgia 40
Massachusetts 40