Social Sciences

Overall employment of social scientists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2020, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Social scientists and related workers in the social science industry accounted for 235,390 jobs in 2012. Prospects are generally best for those with advanced degrees, and more opportunities should be available in management, scientific, and technical consulting services companies. Geographers are projected to experience much faster than average employment growth (29 percent), and those with GIS (geographic information systems) knowledge will have the advantage in the job market. Employment for anthropologists and archaeologists also is expected to experience strong growth, increasing by about 21 percent. Historians will experience average employment growth (10 to 19 percent) through 2020, because there will be few jobs available outside of federal, state, and local government. Job opportunities for historians are expected to be mainly in research or policy. Political scientists are among the careers in this industry projected to experience slower than average growth, about 8 percent, during the coming decade.

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