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Political Aides

Description

Political aides assist politicians. They talk to constituents of the elected official for whom they work to collect their views on issues. Before an election, the political aide works to get the views of the politician out to the public. Political aides may travel to Washington D.C. or the capital of their state to help work on legislation. Understanding history is very important in this job.

Working Conditions

Political aides work indoors in offices. They may work long hours during elections and certain times of the year.

Salary

Earnings can vary from $47,000 to over $100,000 depending on the exact position of the aide and whether they are working for someone who is in the Senate or in the House of Representatives.

Helpful Skills and Subjects to Study

It is helpful to learn about planning, budgeting, and aspects of running a government. Having business, teaching or legal experience is also beneficial.

Related Jobs

Managerial positions, administrative assistants, lobbyists, political scientists, press secretaries and city managers.

Education & Training

The majority of political aides hold a bachelor's degree. An advanced degree in law or journalism is often desirable. Training often starts out as volunteer work for a candidate during an election campaign. Some aides get their jobs based on their knowledge in a particular field, such as journalism.

Job Outlook

Little growth is expected in the number of State or Federal Government political aides over the next few years.

Sources for Additional Information

Contact your state senator and house of representative.

For information about congressional aides and internships:
The Congressional Management Foundation
513 Capitol Court NE, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20002
www.cmfweb.org