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Political Science Schools

As a professor or instructor of political science classes at one of the 1,173 accredited political science schools in the country, you play a essential role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in political science academia which includes political science training at the following levels:

  • Political Science Certificate
  • Associates degree in Political Science
  • Bachelors degree in Political Science
  • Masters degree in Political Science
  • PhD degree in Political Science


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Political science professionals

17,820 18,100 17,870 19,150 20,400
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

20,400 political science professionals were working in the US in the year 2010. The number of political science professionals has grown by 14% between 2006 and 2010.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%. This trend is expected to contine until the year 2018.

National Salary percentiles for Political science professionals

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Nationally, the median yearly salary earned by political science professionals was $88,980 in 2010. This is 37% more than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Political Science

$75,980 $77,340 $85,665 $86,440 $88,980
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Political science professionals' salaries have grown by 17% between the years 2006 and 2010.

Educational Trends

National Political Science Student enrollment growth by degree

206 204 247 264 298
39,461 39,949 40,328 39,296 39,465
649 614 639 709 745
2,054 2,102 2,156 2,171 2,251
163 153 212 162 104
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Political Science
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Political Science
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Political Science
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Political Science
  • Grey: Certificate in Political Science

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for political science professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In the year 2006 there were 42,533 students who graduated from political science degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 42,863 students graduating from political science schools.

This represents a 1% change in 4 years. This growth in the number of students graduating from political science courses is less than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Political Science Programs offered Nationwide


As student graduation numbers are up, the number of schools offering political science programs has also increased. In the year 2006, there were 1134 political science schools in the US. And in the year 2010, there were 1173 schools.

Political Science Faculty Salaries

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