Careers in Political Science: Business
Despite what some believe, a business major is not a requirement for many positions in the business world. Most of America’s largest corporations have management training programs of their own. Such corporations look to recruit bright and motivated liberal arts undergraduates with strong critical thinking skills and train them for specific positions in their corporation. A growing field over the last decade has been in business consulting. Firms such as McKinsey or Deloitte Touche hire analysts to re-engineer corporations, making them more efficient and profitable. Consulting firms look to hire people with sharp analytical and organizational skills. A political science major offers many skills that are in high demand in the business world, including research, writing and analytical skills as well as a familiarity with governmental institutions and policies. Those interested in a business career should also acquire additional background in basic economic concepts and statistics as well as pursue internship opportunities. Course work on political economy, public policy and international affairs should be emphasized for those interested in promoting themselves as specialists in government-business relations. For further information check, the Wall Street Journal’s “Career Journal” (www.career-journal.com), Careers in Business (www.careers-in-business.com) or Career Builder (www.careerbuilder.com). Among possible career positions for those interested in business with a political science degree are: junior/senior corporate consultant; corporate proposal manager for government contracts; public affairs research analyst; director of a political action committee; market research; corporate legislative issues manager; corporate public affairs advisor; corporate manager of environmental/regulatory affairs; political risk analyst.