|Quick Facts: Sociologists|
|2012 Median Pay||
$74,960 per year
$36.04 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Master’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||2,600|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||15% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||400|
Sociologists study society and social behavior by examining the groups, cultures, organizations, social institutions, and processes that people develop.
Most sociologists work in research organizations, colleges and universities, state and local government, and consulting service firms. They typically work full time during regular business hours.
Most sociology jobs require a master’s degree or Ph.D. Many bachelor’s degree holders will find positions in related fields, such as social services, education, or public policy.
The median annual wage for sociologists was $74,960 in May 2012.
Employment of sociologists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 400 new jobs over the 10-year period. As a result, candidates should expect very strong competition for jobs.
Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of sociologists with similar occupations.
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