Politics and Policy Studies

What can I do with my course in Politics and Policy Studies?

Careers in Politics and Policy Studies

You will have a good understanding of the current political and social challenges faced by governments and organisations at local, national and global levels in an era of globalisation and rapid change. Your communication skills, critical thinking and understanding of policy debate will be highly valued in both the public and private sectors.

You could consider a career in government, politics, large commercial organisations (e.g. banking or mining), defence and intelligence, welfare, private consulting, research institutes, universities, or media organisations. When combined with studies in international relations you could also consider working with international agencies and multilateral organisations (e.g. United Nations).

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Skills and attributes

Politics and Policy graduates need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes:

  • Sophisticated knowledge of political issues and policy debates
  • Strong conceptual analysis and consequential thinking
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Research skills


Related roles include:

  • Qualitative researcher
  • Intelligence officer
  • Project officer
  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Policy analyst
  • Management consultant

Some related roles may require further study or experience. An industry career profile, salary and other employment information can be obtained from the My Future website.

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Salary and job outlook

You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for environmental health graduates at Graduate Careers Australia.

Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.

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