FSU students have designed a variety of blueprints to design their careers when engaging in the Political Science major. There are some commonalities with career design blueprints, which are the foundation building blocks of Self-Knowledge and Options Knowledge. Whether you are just beginning to design your career or updating your design, the information, tools, and materials below will provide you with a solid foundation to design your career.
To help you explore, here are interests, values, and skills commonly associated with common career fields related to Political Science. This list is not exhaustive yet gives you a starting point for your Career Design.
Key Transferrable Skills
Complex Problem Solving
Judgment and Decision Making
Key Technical Skills
Learn More about You
The Career Center provides assessments that can help you explore and identify your interests, values, and skills. Utilize the Computer Assisted Career Guidance Systems and virtual values activity to see how your interest, values, and skills match those that are closely correlated with this major and compare occupation options that develop from your assessment results to those found in this blueprint.
General Information and Resources
Access valid and reliable occupation information through the resources below and compare the occupations you explore to your self-knowledge.
Agricultural Engineer, Agronomist, Animal Biologist, Animal Caretaker, Chemical Technician, Chemist Conservationist, Earth Scientist, Ecologist, Economic Analyst, Entomologist, Environmental Educator, Environmental Analyst, Environmental Lawyer, Environmental Policy Analyst, Field Chemist, Fish & Game Warden, Fishery Scientist, Forest Products Technologist Forester, Geographer, Geoscientist, Horticulturist, Hydrologist, Industrial Hygienist, Land Management Specialist, Land Use Analyst, Landscape Architect, Life Scientist, Lobbyist, Location Analyst, Mapping Technician, Marine Biologist, Market Researcher, Metallurgical Engineer, Mining Engineer, Oceanographer, Parasitology, Park Ranger, Physicist, Pollution Control Engineer, Public Relations Specialist, Renewable Energy Consultant, Safety Inspector, Sanitarian Soil & Water Conservationist, Surveyors/Mapping Scientist, Toxicologist, Urban/Regional Planner, Water Quality Engineer, Water Resource Manager, Wetlands Ecologist, Wildlife Conservationist, Zoologist
Salary Range Based on Sample Occupations
Introductory Range: $35,350 - $62,650
Mid-Career Range: $51,570 – $96,750
Experienced Range: $78,170 - $159,430
Additional salary information:
FSU Graduating Senior Survey Dashboard
Board of Governors Dashboard
Explore the FSU Community to Find Opportunities that Match You
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Explore the FSU Community to Find Opportunities that Match You
Connect with The Career Center
Drop-in to Career Advising with the Career Center and meet with a Career Advisor to explore and build your Individual Action Plan.
Drop-in Career Advising Options
Connect with your Career Liaison who specializes in supporting students in this major and related industries.
Sample Registered Student Organizations
College of Social Sciences and Public Policy Student Leadership Council
Student Government Association
Women in Government
Explore NoleCentral for Additional Options
Research Graduate and Professional School Options
Depending on your long-term goals, graduate school might be part of you career design. Utilize these resources using the keyword "Political Science" to research your options.
Career Cornerstone Petersons US News & World Report Grad Schools.com Study.com
Career, Internship and Graduate School Fairs
Each year the Career Center hosts career, internship and graduate school fairs to help students connect with employers. These events and more can be found in NoleNetwork, the centralized job board and connection to career events and opportunities at FSU.
Engage with the people and opportunities to learn more about yourself and career options. Career Advisors, Career Liaisons, Alumni, ProfessioNole Mentors, employers and other people you meet through involvement on and off campus will help you refine your career design.
After finding a Registered Student Organization to engage with, engage with Career Center and FSU Campus events and Programs to help you connect and build your network while also developing ProfessioNole Competencies.
Career Center Events and Programs
Connect with professionals and FSU Alumni who are in careers that you want to learn more about or tryout a career to see how it matches your interest, values, and skills.
FSU Events and Programs
Division of Student Affairs Programs
At FSU there is a program for everyone. Engage with one of the many programs that will help you develop, academically, personally, socially, and help you design your career.
Division of Student Affairs Program Connection
Build Your Skills and Earn Badges
Earn badges and develop your ProfessioNole Competencies. From Financial Success options to learning how to build an App, there is a badging pathway for you. Pathways allow you to enhance your skills while working autonomously and alongside your peers, industry experts, and other ProfessioNoles. While you are earning badges, be sure to engage in ProfessioNole Ready so you are prepared to seek new experiences that will help you in your career design.
Prepare to Connect
As you design your career, the Career Center can help you prepare to connect with employers and graduate and professional school programs through services, programs, and events.
Build Your Network
FSU is here to help you build your network. However, you can also get engaged with opportunities and groups outside of the FSU community by getting involved with professional associations and engaging in or following groups on LinkedIn.
Engage in Professional Organizations
American Association of Political & Public Affairs Professionals - Washington, DC
American Federation of Government Employees - Washington, DC
American Foreign Service Association - Washington, DC
American Political Science Association - Washington, DC
American Society for Public Administration - Washington, DC
International City/County Management Association - Washington, DC
Engage in LinkedIn Groups
To search for LinkedIn Groups you can use the names of the associations above in the linked in search box and set your filter to groups or companies. You can then generate a list of LinkedIn Groups to explore and join or connect. Additionally, try some of the following keywords:
Government Business Policy Statistics Association Society Law
Experiences like internships, leadership, research, creative works and global engagement, also known as experiential learning or formative experience, are a key part of determining your interests, values, and skills and developing competencies for career success. Experiential learning provides the opportunity to apply the knowledge you have gained in the classroom to a real-world experience while enhancing your transferrable and industry specific skills. By engaging in these types of experiences, you can “try on” the various work environments within your aspirational career field.
Many FSU Students engage in experiences throughout the year, however it is important to know when application deadlines occur and that majority of employer recruit heavily in the Fall semester to hire interns for the upcoming summer. Below are some sample of possible experiences related to this major.
Types of Experiences
Women's Leadership Institute
Student Leadership Council
National Association for Business Economics
Leadership Learning in the Outdoors
Leadership Studies Certificate
FSU provides or connects students with experiences every day. For internships, the Career Center's NoleNetwork connects students to internship opportunities on campus, across the country, and even globally. The Career Center's "Gain Experience" webpage also connects you with opportunities and other FSU departments. Other departments and programs on campus can also help connect with an experience that matches your career design.
Experiences Through FSU
Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement
The Center for Global Engagement
FSU International Programs
The Center for Leadership and Social Change
- Legal Aid
- U.S. Department of State
- CIA: Central Intelligence Agency
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Peace Corps
- Office of the Governor, Florida
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- Florida Department of Health
- United Nations
- U.S. Department of Justice
Sample Work settings
- State Attorney’s Office
- Consulting Firms
- Think Tanks
- Lobbying Organizations
- Educational Institutions
- Government Representatives’’ Offices
- Media Organizations
- Public Relations Firms
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Federal, State, & Local Government
Earn Recognition for Your Experience
Get recognized for your experiences. Whether it is one experience or a combination of various types of experiences that you engage in and complete during your time at FSU, there is a recognition program for you. Checkout the Experience Recognition Program options through the FSU Career Center and the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society, which is the highest experience recognition and honor offered at FSU.
Construct Your Blueprint
Now that you have the tools and basic concepts to being building your career. Start designing your custom blueprint.
Individual Learning Plan
As you design your career and build your blueprint create overarching goals with smaller smart goals that create the building blocks of your blueprint. Revisit and revise your plan as you meet your goals. If you get stuck, visit the FSU Career Center.