Public Policy Analysis

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About this program

A program that focuses on the systematic analysis of public policy issues and decision processes. Includes instruction in the role of economic and political factors in public decision-making and policy formulation, microeconomic analysis of policy issues, resource allocation and decision modeling, cost/benefit analysis, statistical methods, and applications to specific public policy topics.

Career Opportunities

Political Science Professors

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.
$100970
Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
High job satisfaction
Personality Match

Interest Match

Social Science Research Assistants

assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other social science research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management.
$53560
Bachelor's degree
Strong job growth
Personality Match

Political Scientists

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.
$124100
Doctoral degree
Strong job growth
Personality Match

Interest Match


Legislators

develop, introduce, or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, state, or federal level. Includes only workers in elected positions.
$53560
Associate's degree
High job satisfaction
Personality Match


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