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Occupation Title: Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary

Description: 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

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 25-1065

Sample Job Titles: Professor, Political Science Professor, Professor of Political Science, Instructor, Political Science Instructor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Adjunct Professor, Associate Professor of Political Science, Government Professor

Salary Chart Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary

Estimated Total Employment*
2010: 15,930
2011: 17,260
2012: 16,770
2013: 17,660
2014: 17,050

Data Source:

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Projected Job Openings (2012-2022): 6,200
Projected Growth (
2012-2022): 15-21%
(total 10 year projection, not annual)

Data Source:
O*NET Online
NOTE: Projected job openings for postsecondary teachers refer to industry-wide data, not individual occupations.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics program does not include self-employed workers in employment estimates. O*NET and other BLS programs do include self-employed workers.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. REC-0439914 and DRL-0910041 (Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education in Geography).

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