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Political Scientists

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Political Scientists Description

Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decision-making, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.

Political Scientists Related Job Titles

Government Affairs Researcher, Government Affairs Specialist, International Affairs Vice President, Local Governance and Citizen Participation Specialist, Policy Officer, Political Advisor, Political Aide, Political Analyst, Political Consultant, Political Research Scientist, Political Researcher, Political Science Professor, Professor, State-Federal Relations Deputy Director, Strategist, Technical Director,


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Political Scientists Tasks
Core Tasks
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data such as election results and public opinion surveys; report on findings, recommendations, and conclusions.
  • Evaluate programs and policies, and make related recommendations to institutions and organizations.
  • Write drafts of legislative proposals, and prepare speeches, correspondence, and policy papers for governmental use.
  • Teach political science.
  • Disseminate research results through academic publications, written reports, or public presentations.
  • Identify issues for research and analysis.
  • Develop and test theories, using information from interviews, newspapers, periodicals, case law, historical papers, polls, and/or statistical sources.
  • Maintain current knowledge of government policy decisions.
  • Interpret and analyze policies, public issues, legislation, and/or the operations of governments, businesses, and organizations.
Supplemental Tasks
  • Forecast political, economic, and social trends.
  • Consult with and advise government officials, civic bodies, research agencies, the media, political parties, and others concerned with political issues.
  • Provide media commentary and/or criticism related to public policy and political issues and events.

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