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Political Scientist
A political scientist studies different aspects of political behaviour, such as the origin, development, operations and interrelationships of political institutions. This knowledge is applied to formulating and developing political theory.

Using information available on governments, laws, political parties and international law, the political scientist conducts research into political philosophy and theories of political systems. The results of studies are analyzed and interpreted and then compiled into reports setting out the findings.

Conducting public opinion surveys and interpreting the results is another task that the political scientist can be called upon to perform.

Satisfying Aspects
- analysing political systems
- opportunities to lecture and conduct research
- pleasant working conditions

Demanding aspects
- as a lecturer, marking assignments and examination papers
- not very high remuneration
- dealing with difficult people

A political scientist should:
- be interested in politics and human behaviour;
- be curious and have an inquiring mind;
- be persistent;
- be able to communicate ideas clearly both in speech and in writing;
- be able to work both independently and as part of a group;
- be logical;
- have analytical skills;
- have good judgement.

School Subjects
National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course

Each institution will have its own minimum entry requirements.

Compulsory Subjects: English
Recommended Subjects: History, Languages

Degree: an appropriate degree majoring in Political Science and other relevant subjects - eg UP, NWU, UJ, US, UKZN, UWC, UNISA, UFS, UZ, RU, Wits

Post-graduate study: Honours, preferably a masters degree is required for research positions - UNISA, UZ, NMMU.

- Research units attached to universities
- Market research companies
- Government departments

Any of the above-mentioned universities or potential employers