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Total Degrees
Awarded in 2015
declining -4.41%
Median In-State
Public Tuition
growing 3.5%
Median Out-of-State
Private Tuition
growing 2.43%
Average Wage
growing 3.8%
People in Workforce
growing 2.47%
Average Employee Age
growing 0.29%


Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in General Social Sciences and the types of students that study this field. Tidewater Community College awards the most degrees in graphic design in the US, but Barstow Community College and Allen University have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in General Social Sciences. Tuition costs for General Social Sciences majors are, on average, $6,470 for in-state public colleges, and $29,501 for out of state private colleges. The largest share of institutions with General Social Sciences programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions.


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Information on the businesses and industries that employ Social Sciences graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field. Elementary & secondary schools is the industry that employs the most Social Sciences majors both by share and by number, though the highest paying industry for Social Sciences majors, by average wage, is Tobacco manufacturing.


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Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Social Sciences in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Social Sciences is 43, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelor's degree. Female employees are more likey to hold Social Sciences degrees, and White students earn the majority (9,272) of the degrees.

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Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the General Social Sciences field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. General Social Sciences majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that General Social Sciences majors need more than the average amount of Programming, Management of Financial Resources, and Mathematics.

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 General Social 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 Programming is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Speaking, and Active Listening are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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