As “… to grow 2 percent from 2016

As someone who looks for a challenge daily, taking the
role of a political scientist allows me to question the processes of the world
around me but also furthers my depth of knowledge in the field of law. Being
able to “analyze past government structures and policies” allows me to better
comprehend by what means the American government came to be but also interpret
other countries political systems (Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States
Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook
Handbook, Political Scientists, Retrieved from www.bls.gov/ooh/). In terms of relationship,
political science is closely related to economics due to the fact they are both
social sciences and rely on each other for support. For example, political
scientist jobs are only expected, “… to grow 2 percent from 2016 to 2026,
slower than the average for all occupations,” if there is a high demand, the
government may take more of an interest in fiscal policy to create more jobs
for political scientist and therefore reach full employment (Bureau of Labor
Statistics, United States Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Political Scientists, Retrieved from
www.bls.gov/ooh/). With increased
knowledge of how the economy functions, I can better comprehend in what ways
the political system is influenced.

            Similar
to specializing in economy which relies on, “workers to focus on parts…” of a
job, “…where they have an advantage,” a political scientist is usually drawn to
certain aspects of politics and specializes in the general area of choosing to
maximize effort (Greenlaw, S. A. & Taylor, T. A. (2017). Principles of Economics (1st edition), p. 13.
Retrieved from www.openstax.org).
A scientist that specializes in American government is required to correlate
subjects such as government decisions to laws proposed by the public
through  ballot initiatives by the people
of the United States, therefore strong analytical skills are highly valued in
an individual (Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Political
Scientists, Retrieved from www.bls.gov/ooh/).   Being able to, “evaluate the effects of
policies and laws on government” also requires a strong sense of
critical-thinking skills to “draw logical conclusions from their findings”  (Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States
Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook
Handbook, Political Scientists, Retrieved from www.bls.gov/ooh/). Once a concise explanation
is drawn from research done, the scientist is expected to have solid
communication skills to be able to present ideas which were concluded. As a
high school student, I am far from being at the level of which is expected from
such role, however with motivation and continuous interest in the subject of
politics, such characteristics can grow over time.

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            The
opportunity cost of being a political scientist is thousands of dollars spent
on education and the priciest resource of all: time. An individual who pursues
this career must, “complete either a master’s or Ph.D. program,” which is
pricey to say the least (Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department
of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook,
Political Scientists, Retrieved from www.bls.gov/ooh/).
Even with years of education, a job in the field of politics is not promised;
the more experience one has with the subject the higher chance one is to be
accepted into an entry level job as a political scientist (Bureau of Labor
Statistics, United States Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Political Scientists, Retrieved from
www.bls.gov/ooh/). The main method I plan
to rely on to pay for the expenses listed are through federal grants (FAFSA)
accompanied by any scholarships received. Although there is a big opportunity
cost, the benefits one receives from the job are far greater.

            Pay
as a political scientist on average records, “$114,290 annually as of May 2016”
(Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Political
Scientists, Retrieved from www.bls.gov/ooh/).  Compared to the annual mean wage of all
social science related workers in the U.S. Economy, an individual in the field
of as a political scientist makes about $39,000 more on average annually.
(Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Political
Scientists, Retrieved from www.bls.gov/ooh/).
There is such a great difference in pay due to the need of political workers
compared to other social science workers which displays the lack of allocative
efficiency- the idea that the amount of something (in this case workers)
produced is in relation to the demand of that object, therefore political
scientists are payed more because of the lack of them (Greenlaw,
S. A. & Taylor, T. A. (2017). Principles
of Economics (1st edition),
p. 36. Retrieved from www.openstax.org).
 The amount of money I assume to
make as a scientist will aid me in paying any of the debt possible from the
expenses previously mentioned.

            The
workload of a political scientist is a grand one, at times needing one to,
“work additional hours to finish and meet deadlines” (Bureau of Labor
Statistics, United States Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Political Scientists, Retrieved from
www.bls.gov/ooh/). I can expect to be
employed most likely by the federal government since it employs about half of
jobs according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook by the Bureau of Labor
Statistics. On the job, one is expected to bring forth issues concerning the
people which, similar to how a market, “brings together buyers and sellers of
goods,” I will be bringing together lawmakers with law proposers in a federal
setting (Greenlaw, S. A. & Taylor, T. A. (2017). Principles of Economics (1st
edition), p. 18.  Retrieved from www.openstax.org).
Though I am expected to, “full time in an office” I also hope to work with
various organizations to promote certain projects that I favor also benefitting
in terms of work experience (Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States
Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook
Handbook, Political Scientists, Retrieved from www.bls.gov/ooh/).

            The
role of a political scientist entails a large marginal benefit, however to
coincide with the benefit the career also emits marginal cost. A greatest
marginal benefit, or pro, gained from this profession would be the satisfaction
of partaking in a career I enjoy and look forward to doing daily. To add to the
satisfaction of the occupation, the money I obtain from working can result in me
having a higher budget constraint defined as the maximum number of products I can
afford until all the salary is spent (Greenlaw, S. A. & Taylor, T. A.
(2017). Principles of Economics (1st edition), p. 28.  Retrieved from www.openstax.org).
Nevertheless, the job also comes with a marginal cost, or con. As some may have
heard: money cannot buy happiness. According to the definition of scarcity, “human
wants for goods, services, and resources exceed what is available,” in this case-contentment
(Greenlaw, S. A. & Taylor, T. A. (2017). Principles of Economics (1st
edition), p. 10.  Retrieved from www.openstax.org).
Any profession comes with pros and cons; however, it is up to the person to determine
how much they are willing to sacrifice for the benefit.

            Researching
the statistics of a political scientist has only strengthened my desire to occupy
the position. The challenge of being in an educational setting for far longer than
most professions require does not drive me away. Being able to constantly learn
and grow as an individual while on the job is a feature I value greatly and look
forward to. With any luck, strengthening the knowledge I have on economics as of
now will better my knowledge of politics and progress me in my career as a political
scientist.