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Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary

Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary

Overview
Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Experience

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

Education

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Job Training

Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

Examples

These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include pharmacists, lawyers, astronomers, biologists, clergy, neurologists, and veterinarians.

Teach courses in political science, international affairs, and international relations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Salary Salary

Salary at 10th Percentile: $43K
Salary at 25th Percentile: $62K
Median Salary: $85K
Salary at 75th Percentile: $122K
Salary at 90th Percentile: $179K

Demand
Career Demand by State Career Demand by State Legend
Core Tasks

Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.

Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.

Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as classical political thought, international relations, and democracy and citizenship.

Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.

Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.

Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.

Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.

Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.

Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.

Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.

Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.

Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.

Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks.

Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.

Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.

Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.

Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.

Act as advisers to student organizations.

Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.

Participate in campus and community events.

Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.

Technology Skills
Technology
Example
Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
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Calendar and scheduling software
Calendar and scheduling software
Computer based training software
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Data base user interface and query software
Data entry software
Data mining software
ContextMiner
Development environment software
Formula translation/translator FORTRAN
Electronic mail software
Microsoft Outlook
Information retrieval or search software
iParadigms Turnitin
Internet browser software
Web browser software
Object or component oriented development software
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Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
Image scanning software
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Word processing software
Microsoft Word
Tools Used
Tool
Example
Audio and visual presentation and composing equipment
Overhead data projectors
Communications Devices and Accessories
Multi-line telephone systems
Components for information technology or broadcasting or telecommunications
Universal serial bus USB flash drives
Computer Equipment and Accessories
Computer data input scanners
Consumer electronics
Handheld microphones
Data Voice or Multimedia Network Equipment or Platforms and Accessories
Conference telephones
Office machines and their supplies and accessories
Laser facsimile machines
Photographic or filming or video equipment
Compact digital cameras
Top 10 Knowledge Required
English Language
93%
Importance

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Law and Government
89%
Importance

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Education and Training
86%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

History and Archeology
72%
Importance

Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

Sociology and Anthropology
66%
Importance

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Geography
61%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

Philosophy and Theology
61%
Importance

Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

Customer and Personal Service
58%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Computers and Electronics
57%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Mathematics
56%
Importance

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Top 10 Skills
Speaking
93%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension
83%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Learning
80%
Importance

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Active Listening
80%
Importance

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Instructing
80%
Importance

Teaching others how to do something.

Writing
80%
Importance

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Critical Thinking
78%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Learning Strategies
78%
Importance

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Complex Problem Solving
75%
Importance

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making
65%
Importance

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Top 10 Abilities
Written Comprehension
85%
Importance

The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Oral Comprehension
83%
Importance

The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Oral Expression
83%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Written Expression
80%
Importance

The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Inductive Reasoning
75%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Speech Clarity
75%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Near Vision
73%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Speech Recognition
68%
Importance

The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Deductive Reasoning
65%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Problem Sensitivity
63%
Importance

The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Top 10 Work Activities
Analyzing Data or Information
93%
Importance

Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

Getting Information
92%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
92%
Importance

Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Training and Teaching Others
88%
Importance

Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

Thinking Creatively
86%
Importance

Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
83%
Importance

Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Interacting With Computers
83%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Processing Information
82%
Importance

Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
77%
Importance

Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
76%
Importance

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Detailed Work Activities

Teach social science courses at the college level.

Stay informed about current developments in field of specialization.

Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.

Evaluate student work.

Guide class discussions.

Evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.

Develop instructional objectives.

Research topics in area of expertise.

Write articles, books or other original materials in area of expertise.

Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.

Prepare tests.

Develop instructional materials.

Supervise student research or internship work.

Maintain student records.

Advise students on academic or career matters.

Select educational materials or equipment.

Order instructional or library materials or equipment.

Direct department activities.

Serve on institutional or departmental committees.

Compile specialized bibliographies or lists of materials.

Promote educational institutions or programs.

Perform student enrollment or registration activities.

Write grant proposals.

Plan community programs or activities for the general public.

Advise educators on curricula, instructional methods, or policies.

Work Context
Electronic Mail

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Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

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Freedom to Make Decisions

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Structured versus Unstructured Work

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Face-to-Face Discussions

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Frequency of Decision Making

How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?

Deal With External Customers

How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?

Work With Work Group or Team

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Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Telephone

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Education
Majors
Major
History and Political Science
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Public Policy Analysis
International Relations and National Security Studies
Political Science and Government
Interests
Social
100%
Importance

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Enterprising
67%
Importance

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Artistic
58%
Importance

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Investigative
48%
Importance

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Conventional
43%
Importance

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Realistic
15%
Importance

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Top 10 Work Styles
Independence
95%
Importance

Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Analytical Thinking
93%
Importance

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Stress Tolerance
91%
Importance

Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.

Achievement/Effort
90%
Importance

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Initiative
90%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Persistence
90%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Integrity
89%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Attention to Detail
87%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Innovation
85%
Importance

Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Adaptability/Flexibility
84%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Work Values
Working Conditions
86%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Achievement
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Independence
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Recognition
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Relationships
72%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Support
53%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.