Political Science and Liberal Arts Education in Mississippi

Colleges and universities in Mississippi with top-ranked political science departments offer undergraduate and graduate political science degrees to students interested in a political career. While most careers in political science are attainable with an undergraduate degree, some do require a graduate degree. These include college instructor or professor positions, some high-level government security positions, and other managerial positions in business and industry.

Most political science careers do not require any sort of certification, but those centered on criminal justice do have other requirements. For example, if you are planning a career as a paralegal after graduation, you should choose a college that is approved by the American Bar Association. Those interested in teaching, of course, must receive teaching certification from a school that is approved and accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Some online colleges and universities are accredited for this purpose and are also listed in this database. It is important to check the accreditation status of any school in which you are interested prior to enrolling in a political science program.

Mississippi Political Science

Political Science Careers in Mississippi

Although agriculture is the major industry in Mississippi, that does not mean that those aspiring to careers in political science are left out. Large corporations that are focused on agriculture, such as Sanderson Farms, Inc. in Summit and Tyson Foods, Inc. in Carthage may employ political science graduates in positions involving regulatory affairs and public relations. Other major corporations in Mississippi that may employ political science graduates in some capacity include Waste Management Corporation in Jackson, United Health Group in Ridgeland, Hewlett Packard in Stennings Space Center, and communications giant Comcast in Madison.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), political science careers in Mississippi can be quite lucrative. As of May 2010, lawyers working in the state earned an average annual salary of $92,300. Marketing managers made about $75,380 annually, while public relations and fundraising managers earned $63,040. College political science teachers could expect an average yearly salary of $62,900, while management analysts made $62,820. Political scientists in Mississippi earned $61,950. Market research analysts and marketing specialists working in the state could expect an average annual salary of $54,660. Urban and regional planners made about $48,120 per year. Legal assistants earned about $38,190 annually.

How to Become a Politician in Mississippi

Are you interested in running for elected public office in Mississippi? If you have a political science degree, undergraduate or graduate, this puts you ahead of the rest of the pack of candidates. However, you should take other things into consideration before running for Mississippi office. What sorts of changes would you like to see in government? What is your campaign platform – that is, what will you promise voters if elected? How will you fund your campaign? It is a good idea to speak to someone who has had a successful run for office in the state prior to announcing your own candidacy. The advice that they can probably provide to you will be invaluable.

The Mississippi Secretary of State's office has published a Candidate Qualifying Guide that outlines qualifications for all offices currently up for election. Before embarking on a political campaign, it is recommended that you consult this guide to make sure that you meet the qualifications of the office that you wish to seek. Qualifications for all open offices from the county to the national level are represented in this guide.

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