What Can I do With a Degree in Social Science?

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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.

Careers Reported by Social Science Majors

The following list of job titles was generated from American Community Survey data. Every year, the federal government surveys 3,000,000 people. This list shows some of the most-often reported careers for people who majored in the social science. Please be aware that additional education, internships, or career-related experience may be a prerequisite to some of the careers on this list. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration. To find a brief description of the following occupations, go to the Standard Occupational Classification system.

  • Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Miscellaneous Managers
  • Counselors
  • Lawyers, and Judges, Magistrates, and Other Judicial Workers
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Education Administrators
  • Management Analysts
  • Chief Executives and Legislators
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Registered Nurses
  • Human Resources Workers
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Police Officers
  • General and Operations Managers
  • Marketing and Sales Managers
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Clergy
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Financial Managers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Psychologists
  • Designers
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Writers and Authors
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Credit Counselors and Loan Officers
  • Librarians
  • Construction Managers
  • Editors
  • Physical Scientists
  • Community and Social Service Specialists, Including Health Educators and Community Health Workers
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Administrative Services Managers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Media and Communication Workers
  • Computer Programmers
  • Web Developers
  • Software Developers, Applications and Systems Software
  • Social Scientists, Including Survey Researchers and Sociologists
  • Medical Scientists and Life Scientists
  • Financial Specialists
  • Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners
  • Urban and Regional Planners
  • Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
  • Musicians, Singers, and Related Workers
  • Technical Writers
  • Photographers
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
  • Veterinarians
  • Fundraisers
  • Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Directors, Religious Activities and Education
  • Purchasing Managers
  • Environmental Scientists and Geoscientists
  • Dentists
  • Producers and Directors
  • Artists

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List of Employers who Posted Jobs in the PSU Job Database for Social Science Majors

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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    Vocational Biographies

    Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: portlandsu and password: 3W9N

    • 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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    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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