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Average Annual Salary for a career in Sociology:

In May 2004:

  • Anthropologists (study the whole science of humankind ) & Archaeologists (study of human cultures through the recovery, documentation and analysis of cultural and environmental data) had approximant median annual earnings of $43,000.
  • Historians - $44,000 (A person who is an authority on history)
  • Political Scientists - $86,000 (The field of the social sciences concerning the theory and practice of politics)
  • Sociologists - $57,000 (Social interactions and their consequences)

In the Federal Government, social scientists with no experience could start at a yearly salary of $24,677 to $30,567 (in 2005). Those with a master's degree could start at $37,390, and those with a Ph.D. degree could begin at $45,239, while some individuals with experience and an advanced degree could start at $54,221. Beginning salaries were slightly higher in selected areas of the country where the prevailing local pay level was higher.


Necessary Education for a Sociology Career:

A Bachelors Degree in Sociology


What is a Sociology career in a nutshell?

Sociology is the study of the social lives of humans, groups, and societies, sometimes defined as the study of social interactions. It is a relatively new academic discipline that evolved in the early 19th century. It concerns itself with the social rules and processes that bind and separate people not only as individuals, but as members of associations, groups, and institutions.

Types of Sociology jobs:

Many social scientists conduct surveys, study social problems, teach, and work in museums, performing tasks similar to those of statisticians; counselors; social workers; teachers-postsecondary; teachers-preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary; and archivists, curators, and museum technicians.

  • Economists
  • Market & Survey Researchers
  • Psychologists
  • Urban & Regional Planners.

Political scientists are concerned with the function of government including the legal system.

Sociology Skills & Responsibilities:

  • Research
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Human Relations
  • Analyze, Synthesize & Interpret Information
  • Knowledge of Social Structures and Change
  • Interact well with Diverse Cultures/Groups
  • Interpersonal Communication (oral & written)
  • Knowledge of Community Resources Research and Planning (sociological)
  • Statistical Abilities
  • Critical Thinking
  • Insight into Group Dynamics

Transferable skills include managing, promoting, selling, analyzing, interpreting, editing, advising, organizing, problem solving, conflict resolution, detail orientation


Future Outlook for Sociology careers:


Overall employment of social scientists is expected to grow more slowly than average for all occupations through 2014. However, projected growth rates vary by specialty.

Anthropologists and archaeologists will experience average employment growth.

Employment of geographers, historians, political scientists, and sociologists will grow more slowly than average, mainly because these workers enjoy fewer opportunities outside of government and academic settings.

Social scientists will find opportunities as university faculty, although competition for these jobs also will remain keen.
The growing importance and popularity of social science subjects in secondary schools is strengthening the demand for social science teachers at that level.

Anthropologists and archaeologists will see the majority of their employment growth in the management, scientific, and technical consulting services industry.

Also, as construction projects increase, archaeologists will be needed to perform preliminary excavations in order to preserve historical sites and artifacts.

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