It takes a special person to want to run for office, any office. This includes a small town mayor all the way up to the President of the United States. Most believe that people who are involved in or have a passion for politics must run for office. That, however, is not the case for the majority of political enthusiasts, including myself. Here is a list of 15 jobs that keep you involved in politics, but out of running:


1. Speechwriter

This is for all of you who love to write. Not every candidate writes his or her own speeches, in fact, most don’t. Candidates and politicians want someone with impeccable writing skills, persuasion skills, and the ability to make a candidate look good. You can become a speechwriter with a political science degree, an English degree, or a journalism degree. Speechwriters don’t receive too much credit, but they have the potential to receive the big bucks and the satisfaction of someone huge using their words.

2. Political Advisor

Political advisors have the job of trying to make the candidate look good. They oversee how he or she dresses, acts, addresses certain people, and basically becomes the politician’s life coach. In some cases, they won’t only be in charge of the candidate, but his or her family, friends, and other staff as well. They need to be kind but stern and know how to make their candidates appeal to the masses.

3. Political Director

Political directors manage campaigns. They’re also called “campaign managers,” which is pretty straightforward–they manage the campaign. Based on how big the campaign is, they could be in charge of interns, other employees, and act as the “head” of the campaign. In some cases, they could also become the advisor. In smaller campaigns, there is a bigger director over them.

4. Marketing Manager

You better have a marketing degree for this one. Marketing managers are in charge of television ads, newspaper ads, logos, campaign presentation, and basically anything that has to do with putting the candidate’s name out there in a good light. Depending on who they are helping and how they want to help, they may be in charge of digging up dirt on the competitor and putting that in advertisements as well.

5. Political Correspondent

These are the people you see on the news reporting about politics. Think Carl Cameron, Chuck Todd, even Anderson Cooper. They don’t necessarily have to report on politicians, but what is going on around the world as well. They can give their thoughts more openly than normal reporters, plus it is hard not to be biased when reporting such information. If you love the camera, news, and politics, this may be for you.


6. Journalist

Slightly different than a political correspondent, a journalist deals more with the paper side of news. You could be an online journalist or a paper journalist. These types usually write unbiased information on events or people. Being a journalist can be difficult, but is worth the hard work to hold public officials accountable.

7. Campaign Event Director

This is usually for larger campaigns, since the smaller ones place more tasks on one person, such as the political director. Campaign event directors are in charge of meetings, fundraisers, and other events to promote the candidate. Think of an event planner, but for one person for a year.

8. Elections Manager

These people make sure the voting is running smoothly. Not for the entire constituency, but maybe in a certain county. They oversee who works the voting center, how the people are ensured privacy and comfortability in voting, and are responsible for making sure the results are in on time and efficiently.

9. Social Media Manager

These people are social media savvy, and probably have a bit of a marketing background. They may run the social media altogether, or they check what the candidate posts to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc to make sure it is appropriate and positive.

10. Political Campaign Field Representative

This is more of an intern job, however, it is a good start to staying in shape, networking, and meeting a lot of voters. Field representatives may or may not get paid, but it is a great way to get a foot in the door.


11. Lobbyist

They are amazing persuaders. Their job is to influence government officials on their choices from drafting legislation to voting on bills to propping up other people of power and influence. Lobbyists must have some serious connections and experience in order to be truly taken seriously.

12. Legislative Correspondent

They are in charge of dealing with the public’s comments. They mostly deal with phone calls or emails, but their job doesn’t stop there. Legislative correspondents deal with a few legislative issues, as well.

13. Finance Director

Finance directors get to deal with the crossroads of money and politics, as they oversee all of the funds of a campaign. Where the money goes, how much, what the budget is, and so on.

14. Policy Analyst

Policy analysts gather information and analyze it to assist in planning, development, interpretation, and review of government and industrial policies.

15. Teacher or Professor

You may love politics, but do not desire a job in the thick of the political world. Becoming a teacher or professor and teaching about politics will help fulfill your craving for the political world. You’ll need to be unbiased and extremely informative while teaching the younger generation about politics and government.

Amy G
Amy can't wait for the day when she has a big house in Texas, 7 well-dressed kids, 3 dogs, her high school sweetheart as her husband, and a job that allows her to write to her heart's content, wear Lilly and accessorize with Kate. Sophomore at SEMO with a double major and double minor.

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