Is becoming a social scientist right for me?

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What do social scientists do?

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How to become a Social Scientist

Bachelor’s Degree
Degree programs in the social sciences are comprised of foundational courses in the discipline as well as the liberal arts and scientific methods and theory. At the undergraduate level, students explore the philosophy of science and learn how to formulate questions, conduct qualitative and quantitative research, evaluate data, communicate findings, and analyze existing studies.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a bachelor's degree can satisfy requirements for entry-level positions, such as research assistant, writer, market analyst, and management trainee.

Master’s Degree / Doctoral Degree
Social scientists conducting and interpreting applied research typically have a master’s or doctoral degree in their chosen field.

Graduate Certificate
The graduate certificate program in social science allows students to acquire additional academic credentials without committing to a full master’s program or to supplement a bachelor’s or master’s degree. The grad certificate curriculum is also attractive to individuals in the workforce seeking further professional development.

Comprehensive information on the education required to work as a social scientist can be found in the degree content which we have created for each distinct social science: