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Career Services Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.

Political Science

Political science is the study of conflict and cooperation within societies. In order to make sense of the political world, political scientists investigate concepts such as justice, liberty, representation and democracy.

Key Skills & Knowledge

International political and cultural perspective: Understanding of context and implications of current events.

Public speaking skills: Comfortable debating ideas and influencing people.

Critical and strategic thinking: Multi-disciplinary breadth and depth of knowledge.

Policy analysis: Knowledge of governance (global/national and current events); inclusion of local, provincial and national events simultaneously; understanding of judicial and political realms.

Logistical and critical thinking: Making observations; analyze and synthesize large amounts of data; organized and able to meet deadlines.

Communication skills: Explaining ideas, writing and presenting information articulately and analytically; public speaking; compiling carefully reasoned reports and essays.

Conflict resolution: Influencing and persuading people/groups; aptitude for leadership; mediation and negotiation within conflicts; critical listening and interview abilities.

Problem solving skills: Approaching topics and problems from various perspectives; analyzing multiple dimensions of a problem; identifying problems and developing solutions.

Research skills: Qualitative and quantitative research including data collection; processing information and presenting the findings in a clear and easy to understand format recognizing only the salient facts; application of information for policy development methods.

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at alis.alberta.ca/occinfo

  • Aboriginal Liaison
  • Campaign Worker
  • Citizenship & Immigration Officer
  • Civil Servant
  • Communications Advisor / Officer
  • Customs Officer / Inspector
  • Demographer
  • Development Officer
  • Diplomat
  • Editor
  • Elections Supervisor
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Health & Social Policy Researcher
  • Human Rights Officer
  • Immigration & Revenue Officer
  • Industry Affairs Analyst
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Labour Relations Specialist
  • Lobbyist
  • Market Analyst
  • Member of Parliament
  • Ministerial Assistant
  • Policy Advisor / Analyst
  • Political Commentator or Columnist
  • Political Scientist
  • Politician
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Public Opinion Pollster
  • Public Relations / Affairs Specialist
  • Publisher
  • Researcher
  • Survey Poll Analyst
  • Teacher / Professor
  • Trade Development Advisor
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Youth Programs Officer

Potential Industries

  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Business Administration
  • Communications
  • Community Groups
  • Consulting Firms
  • Consumer Services
  • Corporate Research & Analysis
  • Editing
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Government
  • Heritage Conservation
  • International Agencies
  • International Development
  • International Trade
  • Legislative Affairs
  • Lobbying Firms
  • Magazines / Newspapers
  • Marketing Research
  • News Analysis
  • Non-profits & NGOs
  • Policy Analysis / Research
  • Political Office Holders
  • Political Organizations
  • Political Strategy
  • Politics
  • Post-Secondary
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy, Administration & Service
  • Public Relations
  • Research & Development
  • Research Organizations
  • Urban & Regional Planning
  • Tourism

Associations & Professional Development

Workshops

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Did you know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.

Publications

Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Arts Students' Centre
Social Sciences Building, SS102
T: 403.220-6318
E: ascarts@ucalgary.ca
W: arts.ucalgary.ca/advising

Clubs on Campus: Political Science Association

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020
E: csstdnt@ucalgary.ca
W: ucalgary.ca/careers