Sociology

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2016

36,686

declining 1.6%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$6,506

growing 0.556%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$32,325

growing 3.21%

Average Wage

$93,738

growing 3.67%

People in Workforce

3.68M

growing 1.39%

Average Employee Age

43

growing 0.39%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Sociology degree recipients are Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, and San Diego, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of Sociology degree recipients are Cheyney University, PA, Pippa Passes, KY, and North Adams, MA. The most common degree awarded to students studying Sociology is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Sociology and the types of students that study this field. University of California-Los Angeles awards the most degrees in Sociology in the US, but Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Tougaloo College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Sociology.

Tuition costs for Sociology majors are, on average, $6,506 for in-state public colleges, and $32,325 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Sociology programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (574 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (25,775 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Sociology, is Public, 4-year or above (25,775 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$6,506

Median In-State Public

$32,325

Median Out of State Private

University of California-Los Angeles has the most Sociology degree recipients, with 579 degrees awarded in 2016.

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Specialized Colleges

Highest Concentration Institution

  1. 22.2%

  2. 19.1%

  3. 18.9%

Out of all institutions that offer Sociology programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania and Tougaloo College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Sociology, with 22.2% and 19.1%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Sociology

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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 $93,738 and the most common occupations are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Miscellaneous managers, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

The industry that employs the most Social Sciences majors is Legal services, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Miscellaneous nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$93,738

Average Wage in Workforce

± $1,346

3.67%

1 Year Growth

± 1.97%

The average salary for Social Sciences majors is $93,738 and the most common occupations are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Miscellaneous managers, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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Occupations

Most Common

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Occupations by Share

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3.68M

2017 Workforce

± 46,515

1.39%

1 Year Growth

± 1.77%

The number of Social Sciences graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 1.39%, from 3.63M in 2016 to 3.68M in 2017.

The largest single share of Social Sciences graduates go on to work as Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (7.89%). 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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3.68M

2017 Workforce

± 46,515

1.39%

1 Year Growth

± 1.77%

The number of Social Sciences graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 1.39%, from 3.63M in 2016 to 3.68M in 2017.

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

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Specialty Locations

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

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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, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Social Sciences degrees, and White students earn the majority (16,018) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

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43

Average Age in 2017

± 0.171 Years

0.39%

1 Year Change

± 0.562%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Social Sciences. The most common ages of employees with this major are 30 and 29 years old, which represent 2.96% and 2.95% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

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

Female (70.4%)

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

    16,018 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    8,895 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    5,757 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Sociology 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

    9,798 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino Female

    5,061 degrees awarded

  3. White Male

    4,335 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Sociology. White Female students, who earn most of the degrees 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

    44,245 degree recipients

  2. China

    39,969 degree recipients

  3. Korea

    28,475 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Singapore

    5.67 times more than expected

  2. Azerbaijan

    4.89 times more than expected

  3. Czechoslovakia

    4.85 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Singapore that hold Social Sciences degrees (5.67 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 (44,245 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Sociology field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sociology majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Sociology majors need more than the average amount of Science, Social Perceptiveness, and Learning Strategies.

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 Sociology 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 Science is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Active Listening are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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