Human Sciences

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017
57,972
declining 0.53%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,014
growing 4.66%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$27,900
growing 2.14%
Average Wage
$51,719
declining 3.36%
People in Workforce
407,221
growing 7.25%
Average Employee Age
42.2
declining 1.33%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Human Sciences degree recipients are Los Angeles, CA, Long Beach, CA, and Tuscaloosa, AL. The locations with a relatively high number of Human Sciences degree recipients are Palm Coast, FL, Atoka, OK, and South Highpoint, FL. The most common degree awarded to students studying Human Sciences is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Human Sciences and the types of students that study this field. California State University-Long Beach awards the most degrees in Human Sciences in the US, but Pacific Oaks College and Brewster Technical College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Human Sciences.

Tuition costs for Human Sciences majors are, on average, $7,014 for in-state public colleges, and $27,900 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Human Sciences programs are Public, 2-year institutions (626 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (27,112 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Human Sciences, is Public, 4-year or above (27,112 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Human Sciences programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,014
Median In-State Public
$27,900
Median Out of State Private

California State University-Long Beach has the most Human Sciences degree recipients, with 787 degrees awarded in 2017.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Human Sciences.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Human Sciences programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Pacific Oaks College and Brewster Technical College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Human Sciences, with 64.4% and 64.1%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Human Sciences

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Human Sciences by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Human Sciences.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Human Sciences graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Human Sciences majors is $51,719 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Preschool & kindergarten teachers, and Social workers, all other.

The industry that employs the most Human Sciences majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Agencies, brokerages, and other insurance related activities.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$51,719
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,784
3.36%
1 Year Growth
± 5.66%

The average salary for Human Sciences majors is $51,719 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Preschool & kindergarten teachers, and Social workers, all other.

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Highest Paying Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Human Sciences majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Human Sciences majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

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Most Specialized

Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Human Sciences majors working as Dietitians & nutritionists, Marriage and family therapists, and Child, family, and school social workers.

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Occupations by Share

407,221
2018 Workforce
± 15,646
7.25%
1 Year Growth
± 5.16%

The number of Human Sciences graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 7.25%, from 379,676 in 2017 to 407,221 in 2018.

The largest single share of Human Sciences graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (13.6%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Human Sciences by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

407,221
2018 Workforce
± 15,646
7.25%
1 Year Growth
± 5.16%

The number of Human Sciences graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 7.25%, from 379,676 in 2017 to 407,221 in 2018.

The industry which employs the most Human Sciences graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by Child day care services. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Human Sciences.

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Specialty Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Human Sciences majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Human Sciences in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Human Sciences is 42.2, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Human Sciences degrees, and White students earn the majority (28,514) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

42.2
Average Age in 2018
± 0.524 Years
1.33%
1 Year Change
± 1.79%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Human Sciences. The most common ages of employees with this major are 25 and 26 years old, which represent 3.91% and 3.26% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Human Sciences are Bachelors Degree, < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

The most common degree types held by the working population in Human Sciences are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (90.8%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by gender at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Human Sciences.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    28,514 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    12,496 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    9,332 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Human Sciences for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. White Female
    13,442 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    3,244 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    2,709 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Human Sciences. White Female students, who earn most of the degree-grads_ethnicity_genders in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    5,205 degree recipients
  2. India
    4,252 degree recipients
  3. Philippines
    3,326 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Kenya
    4.78 times more than expected
  2. Taiwan
    3.9 times more than expected
  3. England
    3.62 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Kenya that hold Human Sciences degrees (4.78 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (5,205 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Human Sciences field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Human Sciences majors need many skills, but most especially Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Human Sciences majors need more than the average amount of Quality Control Analysis, Troubleshooting, and Management of Material Resources.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Human Sciences majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Quality Control Analysis is very distinctive for majors, but the Speaking, Reading Comprehension, and Learning Strategies are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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