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Social Sciences Requirements

Social science has many branches, each of which is considered a "social science". The main social sciences include economics, political science, human geography, demography and sociology.

A degree in social sciences combines the investigation of human, social, cultural, economic and political behaviour with scientific methods. Students explore the complex relationships between humans, society and the environment. They are introduced to a combination of theoretical, data-based and hands-on research to understand and develop solutions to the complex problems that shape the world around us.

Social Sciences Careers

The career trajectory of people with a Social Sciences degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Social Sciences degrees have experience in is Sociologist, followed by Social Worker, Political Scientist, Archaeologist, Research Chef, Family Social Worker, Administrative Assistant, Freight and Cargo Inspector, Teacher, and Nanny.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Sociologist 1.2% 0.1% 17.4×
Social Worker 2.7% 0.5% 5.5×
Political Scientist 1.0% 0.2% 6.5×
Archaeologist 0.6% 0.1% 9.1×
Research Chef 0.5% 0.0% 46.9×
Family Social Worker 1.3% 0.1% 9.8×
Administrative Assistant 2.8% 1.5% 1.9×
Freight and Cargo Inspector 1.3% 0.0% 469.9×
Teacher 3.7% 3.0% 1.2×
Nanny 0.9% 0.6% 1.6×

Social Sciences Salary

Social Sciences graduates earn on average $32k, putting them in the 15th percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
25th (bottom earners) $27k
Median (average earners) $32k
75th (top earners) $50k

Social Sciences Underemployment

Social Sciences graduates are not very well employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

Employment Type Proportion of graduates
Jobs that don't require college 57%
Part-Time 31%
Low-paying 17%

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