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GRADUATE STUDENT: You Have To Be Really, Really Self Motivated

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Sherry shares her story about being a graduate student in political science at UC Berkeley. She shares what her day looks as a graduate student and she explains what a dissertation is and what her goals are after she receives her PhD in Political Science. Sherry also give advice on the skills needed to be successful in graduate schools.

Degree: Political Science
Job Title: Graduate Student / Teacher

Job Summary: Political Scientists

Job Description

Political scientists study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. They research political ideas and analyze the structure and operation of governments, policies, political trends, and related issues.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$50,000 - $155,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Problem solving skills

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