Political Scientist

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Political scientists are interested in the development and operation of public policy, legislation and political systems. They investigate the way government in structured, how public opinion affects policy decisions and how the electoral system works. They often specialize on a particular political area or issue, or on a geographic location, they study in-depth the history and characteristics of this area and use their findings to comment on political movements or the results of elections. Their work may also involve monitoring public opinion through surveys or conducting of interviews with government officials.

Post-graduate specialization is often necessary for employment in this industry. Opportunities are available writing or commenting in newspapers, magazines, journals and other forms of media, conducting research on behalf of political groups or research institutions and consulting on policy development in government departments. Universities are also employers of professionals in this field and some graduates choose to complete further studies in law, practicing specifically with political cases.