Mark Macarro, a political science graduate of UC Santa Barbara, has served as the tribal chairman for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians since 2002. In August of 2013, Capitol Weekly voted Mark Macarro to the #39 spot on their annual list of the top 100 political movers and shakers in the state of California.
College students taking courses in political science may hesitate to declare the field as their major if they do not envision themselves as life-long or career politicians. Fortunately, there are several career paths that can be taken with a political science degree that have little to do with government politics. Advocacy groups and non-profit organizations, for example, can always use a talented individual with a background in political science. While these groups often have political ties, causes range from animal rights to AIDs awareness and everything in between, allowing individuals to support a cause in which they truly believe. Additional jobs that can be pursued with a political science degree that have little to do with government and politics include working as a banking analyst, a communications director, and an information manager.