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Working in politics



—NUTSHELL:
If you elect to pursue a career in politics, you’ll need to learn more about your options. Here’s a good place to start.


—SNIPPET:
Many children dream of being President of the United States, drawn to the idea of leading the country. However, the President is only one of many workers who help shape our Nation through politics. 

Jobs in politics exist at all levels of government: local, State, and Federal. Read this article to learn about these careers. You’ll find out about the work of legislators, staffs of legislators, lobbyists, and consultants. There’s also information about earnings, followed by descriptions of the ups and downs of working in politics. After reading some suggestions for getting into politics, you’ll find additional information about these careers.

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U.S. Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Last Updated: October 15, 2008