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Overall employment of social scientists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Social scientists held about 11,000 jobs in 2008. Prospects are generally best for those with advanced degrees, and more opportunities should be available in management, scientific, and technical consulting services companies. Employment for anthropologists and archaeologists is expected to grow by about 28 percent. Strong employment growth is also expected for geographers (26 percent), and those with GIS (geographic information systems) knowledge will have the advantage in the job market. Only historians will experience average employment growth (11 percent) through 2018, as their will be few jobs outside of federal, state, and local government. Job opportunities for historians are expected to be mainly in research or policy.
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