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Social Scientist
Study all aspects of society-from past events and achievements to human behavior and relationships among groups.
The Job
Social scientists often begin by collecting existing information. Collecting information takes many forms, including conducting interviews and questionnaires to gather demographic and opinion data, living and working among the population being studied, performing other field investigations, and experimenting with human or animal subjects in a laboratory.
Work Environment
Most social scientists have regular hours. Generally working behind a desk, either alone or in collaboration with other social scientists, they read and write research articles or reports.
College Majors
Ph.D. degree
Minimum Qualifications
The educational attainment of social scientists is among the highest of all occupations, with most positions requiring a master's or Ph.D. degree.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Need excellent written and oral communication skills to report research findings and to collaborate on research.
Quick Facts
  • About 41 percent of these workers are employed by governments, mostly by the Federal Government.
  • The educational attainment of social scientists is among the highest of all occupations, with most positions requiring a master's or Ph.D. degree.
  • Overall employment is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations, but varies by specialty.
  • Job seekers may face competition, and those with higher educational attainment will have the best prospects.
Compensation and Outlook
Wages of anthropologists and archaeologists, geographers, and historians vary. Median annual wages for anthropologists and archaeologists were $53,910 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $39,200 and $70,980. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $32,150, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $89,490.In March 2009, the Federal Government's average annual salary for anthropologists was $88,302; for archaeologists, $70,606; for geographers, $79,223; and for historians, $87,730.
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