Illinois Poly Sci Resources
Political science departments at Illinois universities and colleges teach students skills necessary in their personal and professional lives, regardless of the career path they choose after graduation. New ways of thinking, critical analysis skills, analytical reasoning skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, and questions about authority and power are just a few of the many vital lessons learned in a political science degree program.
These skills are combined with knowledge from classroom lectures and textbooks, as well as with field internships and experiences in some political science programs in Illinois. Field placements may be within state government, local/county government, federal government, political campaigns, or in private industry. Political action committees often hire college interns, as do nonprofit organizations, public affairs committees, corporations, election campaigns and political science departments within colleges and universities. Your eventual career goal will help to determine which type of internship you and your faculty advisor decide is right for you.
Occupations that are currently in high demand in Illinois and can be entered into with a political science degree, according to the Illinois WorkNet, include economists, management analysts, marketing managers, news reporters, public relations specialists, regulatory affairs managers and specialists, college and university teachers, and urban and regional planners. By the year 2018, the Illinois Labor Market Information projections show that the following positions that may be attained with a political science background will experience a significant increase:
|Position||Percent Increase 08-18||Total Jobs Increase 08-18|
|Public Relations Mgr||13.65||2581|
|Urban and Regional Planners||12.46||104|
|Postsecondary Pol. Sci. Teachers||10.57||59|
Illinois Labor Market Services quotes the average lawyer's salary in the state as of 2010 as $132,620 per year. Legal assistants averaged $52,700 per year. Postsecondary political science teachers made $55,510 on average yearly. Political scientists in the state averaged $51,970 annually. Budget analysts made $72,930. Management analysts earned an average of $86,650 annually. Public relations specialists earned an average annual income of $57,120 in Illinois in 2010.
Political parties that are currently active in Illinois are numerous. They include the Democratic Party of Illinois (of which President Barack Obama is a member), America First Party of Illinois (with the motto "fighting for faith, freedom and the Constitution to put America first"), Republican Party of Illinois (which recently gained Obama's former Senate seat in the U.S. Congress), Constitution Party of Illinois (which focuses on running government strictly by the Constitution), Libertarian Party of Illinois (which quotes Frederic Bastiat, who said, "Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else"), Illinois Green Party (which espouses 10 key values, having to do with the economy, workers' rights and environmental policy, among other things), Chicago Socialist Party (an independent, democratic socialist organization representing the state of Illinois), US Marijuana Party of Illinois (which promotes the legalization of medical marijuana in the state), and the Reform Party of Illinois (espousing "honest leadership and real solutions").