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437 Master's Degrees Annually
60 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#157 in Popularity (Master's)
$85,750 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Other Social Sciences Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many other social sciences graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 449
Doctor’s Degree 60
Graduate Certificate 35

What Other Social Sciences Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, other social sciences majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Other Social Sciences Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for Other Social Sciences Majors

When studying other social sciences, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Other Social Sciences Majors

As you progress with your other social sciences degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Other Social Sciences Major?

People with a other social sciences degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Compliance Managers 8.0% $107,480
Investment Fund Managers 8.0% $107,480
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8.0% $107,480
Transportation Planners 6.7% $81,340

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Other Social Sciences?

449 Master's Degrees Annually
73% Percent Women
37% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major is dominated by women with about 73% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of other social sciences majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Other Social Sciences Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 20
Black or African American 96
Hispanic or Latino 40
White 183
International Students 50
Other Races/Ethnicities 60

Geographic Diversity

Other Social Sciences appeals to people across the globe. About 11.1% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • India
  • Vietnam

How Much Do Other Social Sciences Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that other social sciences students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree made a median starting salary of $38,750 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $35,400 (25th percentile) and $48,325 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to other social sciences so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Other Social Sciences majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $85,750 to $115,590 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with other social sciences require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to other social sciences have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 2.1%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.6%
Some College Courses 0.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 61.9%
Master’s Degree 29.0%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.5%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 1.5%

Online Other Social Sciences Programs

In 2018-2019, 174 schools offered a other social sciences program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 6 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 7 3
Bachelor’s Degree 10 2
Post-Baccalaureate 6 2
Master’s Degree 41 5
Post-Master’s 4 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 16 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Other Social Sciences Worth It?

The median salary for a other social sciences grad is $85,750 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 115% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $917,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to other social sciences.

Major Number of Grads
Economics 48,297
Political Science & Government 47,035
Sociology 37,611
General Social Sciences 19,694
International Relations & National Security 15,207
Anthropology 11,703
Criminology 9,783
Geography & Cartography 8,673
Urban Studies 1,647
Sociology & Anthropology 543
Archeology 364
Demography & Population Studies 77

References

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