Political Scientists:

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.

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Indiana Average Salary
Average Time to Fill 39 days
Typical Education Bachelor's degree
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 366
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 6.32 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
Written Communication
Numerical and Arithmetic Application
Attention to Detail
Oral Communication
Technology and Tool Usage
Intellectual Risk-taking

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Getting Information

Collect scientific or technical data
Perform economic or political research
Conduct field research
Collect statistical data
Research social issues
Identify interrelationships among social statistics or indicators
Identify interrelationships among individuals or social groups
Conduct organizational studies
Conduct interviews to gather scientific or research based information
Collect personal information

Analyzing Data or Information

Forecast phenomena based on statistical or mathematical research data
Analyze scientific or investigative findings
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Analyze social or economic data
Forecast economic, political, or social trends
Interpret charts or tables for social or economic research
Interpret research or operational data

Thinking Creatively

Develop scientific hypotheses, theories, or laws
Develop theories or models of physical phenomena
Write research or project grant proposals
Develop simple informational data repositories or databases
Develop complex computer databases
Develop public policies, procedures, or standards
Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables

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