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What is a Political Scientist?

A political scientist is a social scientist with an expert knowledge of politics - the theory and practice of government. Political scientists conduct research to understand and explain government and political issues, like how political power is distributed in a society, how different governments operate and interact, how rules are made and enforced, and how the rules affect the governed.

A political scientist should be responsible, perceptive, patriotic, enquiring, objective, analytical and methodical, and have the ability to communicate effectively. They should be good at planning, organizing, and managing relationships with others.

Famous political scientists include Aristotle (“man is a political animal”), Plato (“Yes, propaganda and deceit always go together”), Julius Caesar (“Men freely believe that which they desire”), Niccolo Machiavelli (“What benefits the enemy, harms you; and what benefits you, harms the enemy”), Michel de Montaigne (“We should be similarly wary of accepting common opinions; we should judge them by the ways of reason not by popular vote”), and Bertrand Russell (“Politics is largely governed by sententious platitudes which are devoid of truth”).

Pursue a career in political science if you are interested in government and the effect it has on society. You should be someone who is enjoys current affairs and political events.

What does a Political Scientist do?

Political Scientists may do some or all of the following:

Where does a Political Scientist work?

Places of work for political scientists include:

Working Conditions

Political scientists usually work normal office hours in offices, but may sometimes work evenings and weekends to meet deadlines. They may travel for research or to attend campaigns, seminars or conferences. Those who work as commentators give presentations on television and radio studios which may be live programs.

What is Required to Become a Political Scientist?

To become a political scientist, you will need a master's or doctoral degree in political science or a similar discipline.

Modules

Just to give you an idea, some of the classes that you’ll be taking in college may include:


Specializations

A political scientist may specialize in any of the following fields:

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Political scientists need to have:



References

Alternative Careers


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