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Legislator

Overview: Develop laws and statutes at the Federal, State, or local level.
Duties: Analyze and understand the local and national implications of proposed legislation. Appoint nominees to leadership posts, or approve such appointments. Confer with colleagues to formulate positions and strategies pertaining to pending issues. Debate the merits of proposals and bill amendments during floor sessions, following the appropriate rules of procedure. Develop expertise in subject matters related to committee assignments. Hear testimony from constituents, representatives of interest groups, board and commission members, and others with an interest in bills or issues under consideration. Keep abreast of the issues affecting constituents by making personal visits and phone calls, reading local newspapers, and viewing or listening to local broadcasts. Maintain knowledge of relevant national and international current events. Make decisions that balance the perspectives of private citizens, public officials, and party leaders. Negotiate with colleagues or members of other political parties in order to reconcile differing interests, and to create policies and agreements.
Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is expected have little or no change from 2014 to 2024. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 8%.
Education Level: This occupation generally requires an advanced degree (e.g. Ph.D.). The typical commitment is a minimum of 3 years of study beyond a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
 

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.