Political Scientists

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Political Scientists

Political Scientists - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, political scientists:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They communicate with others by phone, e-mail, and in person on a weekly basis.
  • Often speak in front of large groups of people.
  • Occasionally deal with people who may be rude or angry.
  • Sometimes work in a group or as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Almost always work indoors.
  • Work with other people, but usually in a separate office.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact and accurate in their work.
  • Rarely consult a supervisor before making a decision.
  • Usually set their own tasks and goals for each day.
  • Work in a highly competitive environment and meet monthly deadlines.


  • Generally have a set schedule each week.
  • Usually work more than 40 hours a week.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.