Sociology

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2019
37,611
declining 0.0133%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,070
growing 2.91%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$35,700
growing 3.55%
Average Wage
$97,137
growing 1.02%
People in Workforce
3.95M
growing 3.28%
Average Employee Age
43.2
growing 0.0639%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Sociology degree recipients are Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, and Isla Vista, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of Sociology degree recipients are Cheyney University, PA, Talladega, AL, and Pippa Passes, KY. 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 Paine College and Morris College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Sociology.

Tuition costs for Sociology majors are, on average, $7,070 for in-state public colleges, and $35,700 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 (554 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (25,509 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Sociology, is Public, 4-year or above (25,509 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,070
Median In-State Public
$35,700
Median Out of State Private

University of California-Los Angeles has the most Sociology degree recipients, with 685 degrees awarded in 2019.

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Specialized Colleges

Highest Concentration Institution
  1. 41.4%
  2. 15.2%
  3. 14.9%

Out of all institutions that offer Sociology programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Paine College has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Sociology, with 41.4%.

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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 $97,137 and the most common occupations are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Other managers, and Postsecondary teachers.

The industry that employs the most Social Sciences majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Nonmetallic mineral mining & quarrying.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Sociology is from the 2 Digit Course Social Sciences.
$97,137
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,319
1.02%
1 Year Growth
± 1.94%

The average salary for Social Sciences majors is $97,137 and the most common occupations are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Other managers, and Postsecondary teachers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Social Sciences majors, by number of employees, are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Other managers, and Postsecondary teachers.

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Most Specialized

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Highest Paid

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Occupations by Share

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3.95M
2019 Workforce
± 48,136
3.28%
1 Year Growth
± 1.68%

The number of Social Sciences graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.28%, from 3.82M in 2018 to 3.95M in 2019.

The largest single share of Social Sciences graduates go on to work as Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (7.86%). 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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3.95M
2019 Workforce
± 48,136
3.28%
1 Year Growth
± 1.68%

The number of Social Sciences graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.28%, from 3.82M in 2018 to 3.95M in 2019.

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 for those who earn a degree in Social Sciences in the United States.

The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Social Sciences is 43.2.

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 are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Social Sciences (14,542 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Sociology is from the 2 Digit Course Social Sciences.
43.2
Average Age in 2019
± 0.165 Years
0.0639%
1 Year Change
± 0.545%

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 3.11% 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 (73.9%)
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
    14,542 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    11,286 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    5,394 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
    9,091 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    5,932 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    3,365 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
    47,521 degree recipients
  2. China
    39,464 degree recipients
  3. Mexico
    32,588 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Belgium
    4.19 times more than expected
  2. Eastern Africa, Not Specified
    4.02 times more than expected
  3. Kazakhstan
    4 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Belgium that hold Social Sciences degrees (4.19 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 (47,521 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 Programming, Quality Control Analysis, and Operation and Control.

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

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