Political Scientists

risk level
Based on 298 votes
by 2031
or $61.54 hourly
as of 2022

Automation risk

31% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Originality

User poll

19.3% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that there is very little chance of this occupation being replaced. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a higher chance of automation: 31% chance of automation.

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Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Political Scientists' job openings is expected to rise 6.2% by 2031

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.


Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Political Scientists' was $128,020, or $61.54 per hour

'Political Scientists' were paid 176.4% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 5,660 people employed as Political Scientists within the United States.

This represents around 0.004% of the employed workforce across the country.

Put another way, around 1 in 26 thousand people are employed as Political Scientists.

Job description

Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decisionmaking, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.

SOC Code: 19-3094.00


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Waka Waka (Small chance) says
I hate artificial intelligence.
Apr 20, 2021 at 01:39 PM
Morpheus says
If robots ever become aware enough to become politicians, you will likely see robot governments form and pretty quickly you basically have the story of The Animatrix, humans will just be enslaved after a long war and put into machines that will simulate the world.
Jul 05, 2019 at 03:17 PM
Juan says
A politician is not the same as a political scientist...
Oct 01, 2021 at 06:24 PM
Anonymous (No chance) says
Political science is a concept that can only be interpreted and actually developed upon by human minds. Robots will not be able to perceive politics on such a scale that entire parliaments will be replaced or assisted by them, as robots tend to overlook major factors.
Apr 08, 2019 at 07:37 PM
Darius Rashidi says
You really can't use technology to replicate the mix of eerie neuroticism and ambiguous, vain narcissism required to make a true political scientist.
Apr 02, 2019 at 03:20 PM

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