Careers in Social Science
If you’re a person with interest in how people interact in small or large groups, you may want to consider a few careers in social science. Social science majors—psychology, history, political science, sociology, anthropology and other related fields—study culture, how societies react to each other, how they organize power and how they react to change.
If you’re considering studying social science at college, here are some careers in social science to consider upon graduation.
Social Science Jobs
High schools are always looking for people to help students with schedules and registration, but a guidance counselor’s job doesn’t end there. As a counselor, you will also help students deal with relationship issues, the college admissions process, family problems and more.
As a social science researcher, you’ll conduct surveys and observations to identify ways in which members of a particular society can improve their communication or decision-making skills. Many high school students don’t consider research when they think of social science jobs, but there is a good demand for this work. For example, sociology research is used when discussing gender relations, geographic and familial influences.
Social workers help people through tough financial and emotional times, find foster homes or mentors for children, teens and adults. Social workers can work for state or local agencies, non-profit mentoring organizations, hospitals and rehabilitation centers, too. Sociologists who can adapt well to a variety of people and who can find solutions for various social problems may consider social work as a career field. Not all careers in social science are in academic settings.
Museum curators arrange, catalogue and maintain exhibits. Curators organize public outreach programs, including tours, to draw people to their collections. They also work with fund-raising opportunities, museum director boards and members to help the museum meet its goals.
Drug and alcohol counselor
If you can guide people at their lowest moments, consider becoming a drug and alcohol counselor. This is one of the social service jobs in which you’ll help people with chemical dependencies through a rehabilitation process, help them identify their employable skills, arrange for medical care and evaluate their ability to live without care or supervision.
Unearth artifacts from historical sites, analyze what various artifacts say about the people who left them, discover the roots of languages and more as an archaeologist. You can even merge interests in archaeology and biology to study the evolution of humans. Archeologists, who usually specialize in a particular area of the world, can teach, conduct research on site or in laboratories and must have good analytical skills.
Juvenile justice worker
As a juvenile justice worker, you will address the behavioral problems of young people and help them prepare to live and work on their own. You’ll serve as teacher and role model for at-risk youth and may work as a child advocate in the court system.
Got a knack for geography? Cartographers compile social, political and geographic information of various regions. You’ll need to be tech-savvy and good with statistics.
Human resource representative
Human resource reps handle most employee/employer relationships, such as hiring and firing, payroll, informing newly hired employees of company policies, procedures and benefits. Human resource representatives need to have great people skills and must enforce their company’s rules.
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