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Government: Careers

A guide for finding government information.

General Career Information

Careers for Government Majors

Many with a degree in government do take jobs in their federal, state or their local governments, and many choose careers in public service. However, with a liberal arts education there are many professions that one is qualified to pursue with a degree in government. For example, many go on to pursue a career in law or law enforcement, others become teachers/professors, journalists, or even business professionals. Below are some resources to help you research career opportunities for government majors.

What you learn with a government degree...


The study of government allows for the development of a core set of skills sought after by employers in a wide range of occupational settings. A sample of representative skills and abilities follows.

Critical Thinking

  • Synthesizing themes from diverse source
  • Ability to interpret social and political data
  • Integrating of theory and practice


  • Public speaking
  • Presenting written information clearly and concisely
  • Ability to express multiple viewpoints


  • Research design, implementation and evaluation
  • Examination of theory
  • Ability to utilize various online research resources

From the Cawley Career Education Center at Georgetown University

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