Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Public policy and social services

Public policy and social services field of degree. Employment: 865,860. Median annual wage: $45,000.

Public policy and social services field of degree. Employment: 865,860. Median annual wage: $45,000

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Table 1. Public policy and social services degree, 2018

Data

Public policy and social services

All fields

Employment

865,860 55,381,020

Median wage

$45,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

17 15

Percent employed in occupations requiring at least a bachelor's degree

63 59

Percent with an advanced degree

47 37

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 1. Types of public policy and social services majors, 2018

Public policy and social services majors

Major share

Social work

67%

Human services and community organization

16

Public administration

11

Public policy

7

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

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Chart 2. Employment distribution of workers with a public policy and social services degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Community and social service occupations

32%

Management occupations

14

Office and administrative support occupations

10

Educational instruction and library occupations

8

Business and financial operations occupations

6

Other

30

Note: The sum of percents by major may not total 100 due to rounding.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey.

Table 2.

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Table 2. Top-employing occupations for workers with a public policy and social services degree

Occupational Outlook Handbook profile

Percent growth, projected 2019–29

Typical entry-level education

Percent degree holders in this field, this occupation, 2018

Percent of this occupation with an advanced degree, 2018

Medical and health services managers

32% Bachelor's degree 2% 32%

Social and community service managers

17 Bachelor's degree 3 33

Social and human service assistants

17 High school diploma or equivalent 2 16

Therapists, all other

15 Bachelor's degree 2 59

Counselors, all other

13 Master's degree 2 46

Registered nurses

7 Bachelor's degree 2 12

Social workers, all other

5 Bachelor's degree 20 38

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 3 50

Lawyers

4 Doctoral or professional degree 2 93

Personal service managers, all other; entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling; and managers, all other

-2 Bachelor's degree 3 21

Note: Occupational profiles may comprise multiple SOC occupations, which may have differing education categories.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program (projected growth, entry-level education) and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (degree holders, advanced degrees).

Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Field of degree: Public policy and social services,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/public-policy-and-social-services/public-policy-and-social-services-field-of-degree.htm (visited November 09, 2021).

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