Sociology

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017
36,703
growing 0.0463%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$6,670
growing 2.96%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$33,376
growing 3.25%
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 Sociology degree recipients are Los Angeles, CA, , and New York, NY. The locations with a relatively high number of Sociology degree recipients are Cheyney University, PA, Denmark, SC, 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. California State University-Northridge awards the most degrees in Sociology in the US, but Tougaloo College and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Sociology.

Tuition costs for Sociology majors are, on average, $6,670 for in-state public colleges, and $33,376 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 (568 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (25,516 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Sociology, is Public, 4-year or above (25,516 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$6,670
Median In-State Public
$33,376
Median Out of State Private

California State University-Northridge has the most Sociology degree recipients, with 658 degrees awarded in 2017.

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Specialized Colleges

Highest Concentration Institution
  1. 21.7%
  2. 19.4%
  3. 15.7%

Out of all institutions that offer Sociology programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Tougaloo College and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Sociology, with 21.7% and 19.4%, 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 $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

Most Common

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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. Female employees are more likely to hold Social Sciences degrees, and White students earn the majority (15,365) 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 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 (70.8%)
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 Sociology.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    15,365 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    9,698 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    5,606 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
    9,395 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    5,318 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  3. White Male
    4,033 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders 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 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 Sociology field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sociology majors need many skills, but most especially Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Sociology majors need more than the average amount of Management of Financial Resources, Coordination, and Systems Analysis.

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

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