Bureau of Labor Statistics

Field of degree: Social science

Social science field of degree. Employment: 4,528,730. Median annual wage: $60,000.

Social science field of degree. Employment: 4,528,730. Median annual wage: $60,000

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Table 1. Social science degree, 2018

Data

Social science

All fields

Employment

4,528,730 55,381,020

Median wage

$60,000 $59,000

Percent employed part time

14 15

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

58 59

Percent with an advanced degree

45 37

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

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Chart 1. Types of social science majors, 2018

Social science majors

Major share

Political science and government

31%

Economics

28

Sociology

21

Anthropology and archeology

6

International relations

4

Other

11

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 social science degree, by occupational group, 2018

Occupational group

Occupational group share

Management occupations

19%

Business and financial operations occupations

13

Legal occupations

10

Sales and related occupations

10

Educational instruction and library occupations

10

Other

39

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 social science 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

Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

21% Doctoral or professional degree 3% 74%

Financial managers

15 Bachelor's degree 2 21

Management analysts

11 Bachelor's degree 2 36

Social workers, all other

5 Bachelor's degree 2 38

Lawyers

4 Doctoral or professional degree 9 93

Elementary school teachers, except special education

4 Bachelor's degree 4 50

Accountants and auditors

4 Bachelor's degree 2 26

Customer service representatives

-2 High school diploma or equivalent 2 4

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

-2 Bachelor's degree 5 21

Chief executives

-10 Bachelor's degree 2 30

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: Social science,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/field-of-degree/social-science/social-science-field-of-degree.htm (visited October 07, 2021).

Last Modified Date: Monday, November 30, 2020

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