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What Can you do With a Degree in Social Science?

The short answer is that you can do a lot. Your social science degree prepares you for many careers in many fields.

That's great, isn't it? Many possible careers... But if many careers are possible, how will you choose among the possibilities?

Social science is a powerful academic foundation that provides you with the opportunity to develop skills employers value in employees. These include: oral and written communication, interpersonal, teamwork, technical, analytical, critical thinking, organizational, and problem solving skills.

Remember that your social science major, in and of itself, does not determine your career path. No major does — not business, not psychology, not biology.

It's up to you to determine which career is right for you, but you don't have to do it alone. Advising & Career Services can help you with the process of identifying your preferred skills, interests, and values, and identifying potential careers to explore. We can also help you think about how your coursework relates to the world of work and how to effectively describe your educational background to employers.

Job Titles of Recent PSU Social Science Graduates

  • Academic Advisor
  • Account Coordinators
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Assistant Business Manager
  • Campaign Manager
  • Case Manager, Disability Services
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Commercial Underwriter
  • Consultant
  • Correctional Worker
  • Customer Advocate
  • Director of Sales
  • Disabilities Determination Specialist
  • Education Assistant, Title I
  • Elementary Teacher
  • Family Builder Therapist
  • Family Service Advocate
  • High School Teacher
  • Information System Intern
  • IT Manager
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Kindergarten Teacher
  • Library Technician
  • Office Specialist II
  • Paralegal
  • Parent Mentor
  • Personnel and Operations Manager
  • Police Lieutenant
  • Police Sergeant
  • Program Analyst
  • Program Manager
  • Registered Nurse
  • Residential Services Monitor
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Sales/Marketing Representative
  • Senior Technician
  • Senior Visual Presentation Manager
  • Service Manager
  • Social Service Specialist 1
  • Social Worker
  • Special Education Assistant
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Teller
  • Therapist

Places of Employment of Recent PSU Social Science Graduates

  • A Place in Time
  • Allied
  • Centennial School District
  • City of Mary Esther
  • Columbia Gorge Community College
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • State Legislator Campaign
  • McGrath's Fishhouse
  • Nike, Inc.
  • OHSU
  • OMSI
  • Portland Community College
  • Portland Police Bureau
  • Providence
  • PSU
  • Reynolds School District
  • Scappoose School District
  • St. Francis of Assisi School
  • St. Paul Elementary
  • Tigard/Tualitin School District
  • Trade Tech, Inc.
  • Washougal School District

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Vocational Biographies

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  • African American Affairs Assistant Director
  • Animal Rights Advocate
  • Archaeological Field Supervisor
  • Archaeologist/Site Steward
  • Boarding School Admissions Counselor
  • City Management Analyst
  • Ecology Center Director
  • Freelance Writer/Presenter
  • Foreign Service Commercial Counselor
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Labor Economist
  • Newspaper Photographer
  • Press Attache
  • Public Information Officer
  • Red Cross Regional Director
  • Work/Life Manager
  • YWCA Program Director

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Internet Sites with Career-Related Information for Social Science Majors

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Internet Sites with Job Search Resources for Social Science Majors

  • See Links to Job Search Sites from the PSU Career Center.
  • Federal Jobs by College Major — From USAJobs. "...Groups Federal jobs that are often filled by college graduates with appropriate academic majors. As you study the table, please keep these facts in mind: (1) The jobs listed under each major are usually examples, not an all-inclusive list. (2) Many jobs do not require a college degree; job-related experience is just as good. And (3), you can qualify for a large number of administrative jobs with a degree in any academic major."
  • League of Oregon Cities — Intern Placement and Referral Service

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Places of Employment

Students with degrees in social science develop skills that are valued by employers. They may find employment in government, nonprofits, social services, educational institutions, and businesses, depending on their skills, experience, and interests. Internships or relevant part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding employment in some fields.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested social science majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for social science majors. This list does not reflect current openings; it is meant to show some typical job listings.

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Career-Related Social Science Sites Available from Advising & Career Services 

The following pages may have additional information and ideas for careers. What Can I do With a Major/Certificate/Minor in:

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