Social Science

Social sciences are all about how society works. Social scientists examine institutions like the government, the economy, and family, along with what drives human behavior. Social science includes many fields like psychology, economics, history, sociology, political science, and philosophy.

What is Social Science?

Social science is the branch of science devoted to the study of human societies and the relationships. Social science differs from natural science in that it examines the human-constructed world rather than the physical world. Social science research utilizes quantitative and scientific methods. For example, economists rely on statistics and forecasting to understand trends, while political scientists use surveys and polling to track political changes.

 

There are seven social science: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology. Many of these social sciences overlap with different careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

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Economist

Education Requirements
Master's degree or Ph.D.

Average Salary
$63k


Economists study, research, and analyze economic trends related to employment, resources, goods, and services. They can advise government officials or businesses on economic situations, or discover and predict market or workforce trends.

Psychologist

Education Requirements
Advanced degree and license/certification

Average Salary
$71k-$90k


Psychologists study human interaction, social and emotional reactions, and relationships. There are many different types of psychologists. Some pursue academic research; others work as part of a medical team or at an educational facility.

Political Scientist

Education Requirements
Master's degree or Ph.D.

Average Salary
$122K


Political scientists research political subjects such as the U.S. political system and foreign relations; collect and analyze data from sources such as public opinion surveys; and forecast political, economic, and social trends. Most political scientists need to complete either a master's or Ph.D. program.

Sociologist

Education Requirements
Master's degree or Doctorate

Average Salary
$83K


Sociologist study human behavior, interaction, and organization. they observe the activity of social, religious, political, and economic groups, organizations, and institutions. Their research may help administrators, educators, lawmakers, and social workers to solve social problems and formulate public policy.

Social Media Specialist

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree or master's degree

Average Salary
$44K


A social media specialist is responsible for creating and administering content on all social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, to build an audience ad ensure customer engagement. The specialist may also monitor site metrics, respond to reader comments, and oversee creative design.

Historian

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree

Average Salary
$53K


Historians are academics and researchers who study events of the past. Their primary duties include obtaining historical data and teaching or researching at universities. Their duties include seeking out primary resources, interpreting documents and sharing hypotheses about the past.

Social Worker

Education Requirements
Bachelor's degree

Average Salary
$48K


Social workers help clients handle everyday life problems. They often assist clients who have issues caused by neglect, abuse, domestic violence, mental health, and parental substance abuse. Clinical social workers may also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues. Their role is to help improve outcomes in people's lives. They maintain professional relationships and act as guides and advocates.

Counselor

Education Requirements
Master's Degree

Average Salary
$58K


An educational counselor is responsible for assisting and giving leadership and guidance to the student body. A guidance counselor provides advice and helpful resources to students regarding certain personal and academic situations. Career counselors help clients explore career options andteach them the process of searching for a job.

Career salary data provided by: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook handbook and O*NET OnLine.

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