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1,953 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
490 Master's Degrees Annually
#130 in Popularity
$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 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 1,953
Master’s Degree 502
Associate’s Degree 243
Undergraduate Certificate 96
Basic Certificate 55
Doctor’s Degree 45
Graduate Certificate 41

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

A major in other social sciences prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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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

A major in other social sciences will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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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 Bachelor’s Degree in Other Social Sciences?

1,953 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
64% Percent Women
37% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 1,953 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in other social sciences in 2018, making it rank #130 in popularity. The major attracts more women than men. About 64% of the recent graduates in this field are 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 Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 174
Black or African American 193
Hispanic or Latino 278
White 1,037
International Students 138
Other Races/Ethnicities 133

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Other Social Sciences. About 7.1% 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?

Bachelor’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 bachelor’s degree made a median starting salary of $31,200 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $28,500 (25th percentile) and $34,100 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in other social sciences, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $85,750 to $115,590 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to other social sciences. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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 degrees associated with other social sciences may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

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 2017-2018, 178 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) 7 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 3 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 7 3
Bachelor’s Degree 11 2
Post-Baccalaureate 7 2
Master’s Degree 39 5
Post-Master’s 5 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 15 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 47,528
Political Science & Government 44,651
Sociology 37,615
General Social Sciences 19,123
International Relations & National Security 14,908
Anthropology 12,008
Criminology 9,624
Geography & Cartography 8,717
Urban Studies 1,524
Sociology & Anthropology 499
Archeology 335
Demography & Population Studies 76
Rural Sociology 33

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