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Political Scientists

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Approximately 6,010 political scientists are employed in the United States. Political science is a popular major among undergraduates, so practically every college and university has a political science department. Political scientists find work at public and private universities, and at community colleges. They teach in undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs. Teaching jobs at doctoral institutions are usually better paying and more prestigious. The most sought-after positions are those that offer tenure. Many political scientists work for the federal government. Others work for scientific research and development services, and religious, grantmaking, civic, and professional organizations.

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