Transfer & Career Opportunites

Transfer Information

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) in Political Science degree is suited for students who will complete their education at Feather River College and then transfer to a four year institution to complete their bachelor’s degree. Successful completion of the transfer degree in Political Sceince 
guarantees the student acceptance to a California State University (but does not guarantee acceptance to a particular campus or major) to pursue a baccalaureate degree, in preparation for a career in the field of political science.

To earn an AA-T or AS-T degree from Feather River College, complete the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 CSU-transferable units.
  2. Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA.
  3. Complete a minimum of 18 semester units in an "AA-T" or "AS-T" major as detailed in the catalog or addenda. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  4. Certified completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC-CSU).

Career & Income Information

There are plenty of interesting career options with a degree in political science, not just a career in politics! Many political science students go on to work in government (civil service), business, education, media, or marketing, with a wide range of salaries and job duties depending on your interest.  

What Political Scientists Do

Political scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems.

Work Environment

Political scientists typically work full time in an office. They sometimes work additional hours to finish reports and meet deadlines.

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.

Pay

The median annual wage for political scientists was $117,570 in May 2018.

Job Outlook

Employment of political scientists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Political scientists should face strong competition for jobs as the number of candidates is expected to exceed the number of available positions.

State & Area Data

Explore resources for employment and wages by state and area for political scientists.

Similar Occupations

Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of political scientists with similar occupations.

More Information, Including Links to O*NET

Learn more about political scientists by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Sociologists, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/political-scientists.htm

What can I do with a degree in political science? 
  • Activist, Advocate/Organizer
  • Administration, Corporate, Government, Non-Profit, etc.
  • Archivist, Online Political Data
  • Budget Examiner or Analyst
  • Attorney
  • Banking Analyst or Executive
  • Campaign Operative
  • Career Counselor
  • CIA Analyst or Agent
  • City Planner
  • City Housing Administrator
  • Congressional Office/Committee Staffer
  • Coordinator of Federal or State Aid
  • Communications Director
  • Corporate Analyst
  • Corporate Public Affairs Advisor
  • Corporate Economist
  • Corporate Manager
  • Corporate Information Analyst
  • Corporate Adviser for Govt'l. Relations
  • Corporate Executive
  • Corporation Legislative Issues Manager
  • Customs Officer
  • Editor, Online Political Journal
  • Entrepreneur
  • Federal Government Analyst
  • Financial Consultant
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foundation President
  • Free-lance writer
     
  • HS Government Teacher
  • Immigration Officer
  • Information Manager
  • Intelligence Officer
  • International Agency Officer
  • International Research Specialist
  • Issues Analyst, Corporate Social Policy Div.
  • Journalist
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Legislative Analyst / Coordinator
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Analyst
  • Mediator
  • Plans and Review Officer, USIA
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Commentator
  • Pollster
  • Public Affairs Research Analyst
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Publisher
  • Research Analyst
  • State Legislator
  • Survey Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Teacher
  • University Administrator
  • University Professor
  • Urban Policy Planner

Position Title

CA Median Salary (2019)
Lawyers $122,960
Paralegals & Legal Assistants $51,740
Public Relations & Fundraising Managers $116,180
Training & Development Managers $113,350
Social & Community Service Managers $67,150
Emergency Management Directors $74,590
Labor Relations Specialists $69,020
Fundraisers $57,970
Survey Researchers $59,170
Urban & Regional Planners $74,350
Post-Secondary Teaching  $85,930
Broadcast Announcers  $34,630
News Analysts, Reporters, & Journalist $46,270
Public Relations Specialists $61,150
Writers & Authors $63,200

For more information about careers, education and training requirements, salary data, and job outlooks visit www.onetonline.org and https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ca.htm#23-0000