General Economics

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017
39,479
declining 3.1%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,185
growing 4.41%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$38,600
growing 3.21%
Average Wage
$96,153
growing 2.58%
People in Workforce
3.82M
growing 3.81%
Average Employee Age
43.1
growing 0.254%

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The locations with the highest concentration of General Economics degree recipients are New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, and San Diego, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of General Economics degree recipients are Granville, OH, Easton, PA, and Greencastle, IN. The most common degree awarded to students studying General Economics is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in General Economics and the types of students that study this field. University of California-Berkeley awards the most degrees in General Economics in the US, but Claremont McKenna College and Virginia Military Institute have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in General Economics.

Tuition costs for General Economics majors are, on average, $7,185 for in-state public colleges, and $38,600 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers General Economics programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (413 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (24,202 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in General Economics, is Public, 4-year or above (24,202 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,185
Median In-State Public
$38,600
Median Out of State Private

University of California-Berkeley has the most General Economics degree recipients, with 631 degrees awarded in 2017.

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Specialized Colleges

Highest Concentration Institution
  1. 23.4%
  2. 17.3%
  3. 16.7%

Out of all institutions that offer General Economics programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Claremont McKenna College and Virginia Military Institute have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in General Economics, with 23.4% and 17.3%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in General Economics

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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Employment

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

The average salary for Social Sciences majors is $96,153 and the most common occupations are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Other managers, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

The industry that employs the most Social Sciences majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Paint, coating, & adhesive manufacturing .

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$96,153
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,355
2.58%
1 Year Growth
± 1.96%

The average salary for Social Sciences majors is $96,153 and the most common occupations are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Other managers, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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Occupations

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Occupations by Share

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3.82M
2018 Workforce
± 47,378
3.81%
1 Year Growth
± 1.71%

The number of Social Sciences graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.81%, from 3.68M in 2017 to 3.82M in 2018.

The largest single share of Social Sciences graduates go on to work as Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (8.06%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Social Sciences by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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Industries by Share

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3.82M
2018 Workforce
± 47,378
3.81%
1 Year Growth
± 1.71%

The number of Social Sciences graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.81%, from 3.68M in 2017 to 3.82M in 2018.

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

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Specialty Locations

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Diversity

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 43.1, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Social Sciences degrees, and White students earn the majority (18,600) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

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43.1
Average Age in 2018
± 0.168 Years
0.254%
1 Year Change
± 0.555%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Social Sciences. The most common ages of employees with this major are 35 and 30 years old, which represent 2.99% and 2.92% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in General Economics are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Associates Degree.

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Workforce Degrees

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

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (67.7%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    18,600 degrees awarded
  2. Non-resident Alien
    8,475 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    4,483 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in General Economics 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 Male
    12,963 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  2. White Female
    4,261 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  3. Non-resident Alien Male
    3,634 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in General Economics. White Male 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

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Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. India
    42,861 degree recipients
  2. China
    38,748 degree recipients
  3. Philippines
    29,986 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Azerbaijan
    5.17 times more than expected
  2. Latvia
    4.92 times more than expected
  3. Norway
    4.17 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Azerbaijan that hold Social Sciences degrees (5.17 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 India (42,861 degree recipients).

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Skills

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

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