What Does a Political Analyst Do?

A political analyst assesses the international relations and domestic policies of international bodies and provide insight to policymakers within their own countries. In the United States, many political analysts find positions with the Central Intelligence Agency.

Political analysts are required to have a bachelor's degree in a field related to international relations or politics, including history, national security, geography, and political science. Depending on the region that they focus upon, political analysts may need to be fluent in another language like Mandarin Chinese or Spanish. Salary for political analysts varies based on experience and place of employment. However, with the CIA, they can earn as much as $98,305 per year, as of 2014.