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Common Jobs For Social Science Majors
A social science degree can get you started on a career in law, social work, acadamia, politics and more. Explore these common jobs for social science majors.  [read more]
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Job Title Most Common Major % Workers with Major Median Mid-Career Salary % High Job Meaning
Chief Operating Officer (COO) Economics 5% $168,600 60%
Management Consultant Economics 12% $137,200 35%
Business Development Director Political Science (PolySci) 3% $130,000 60%
Financial Advisor Economics 10% $122,800 73%
Portfolio Manager Economics 13% $117,800 38%
Government Affairs Director Political Science (PolySci) 58% $115,000 64%
Product Manager, Software Economics 8% $111,200 35%
Business Consultant Economics 11% $100,000 35%
Intelligence Analyst Political Science (PolySci) 14% $92,200 77%
Senior Account Manager Economics 4% $89,400 43%
Senior Underwriter Economics 9% $79,700 26%
Senior Paralegal Political Science (PolySci) 17% $73,400 46%
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Manager Geography 46% $70,800 78%
Research Analyst Economics 19% $70,700 45%
Business Analyst, Finance/Banking Sociology 1% $70,000 36%
Financial Analyst Economics 12% $69,100 41%
Underwriter Economics 11% $67,200 35%
Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Political Science (PolySci) 5% $66,800 90%
Data Analyst Economics 11% $66,400 46%
Contract Administrator Economics 4% $64,200 41%
Pricing Analyst Economics 14% $63,700 31%
Compliance Analyst Political Science (PolySci) 7% $61,400 46%
Research Associate (Unspecified Type) Economics 8% $60,900 65%
Marketing Analyst Economics 13% $60,100 34%
Claims Adjuster Economics 5% $59,700 32%
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst Geography 41% $58,500 53%
Operations Analyst Economics 15% $56,900 32%
Legal Secretary Political Science (PolySci) 9% $56,200 36%
Marketing Associate Economics 4% $55,900 37%
Credit Analyst Economics 10% $55,000 32%
Paralegal Political Science (PolySci) 13% $53,800 44%
Case Manager Social Work (SW) 13% $49,900 78%
Legal Assistant Political Science (PolySci) 11% $49,400 36%
Administrative Coordinator Sociology 5% $43,000 59%
Personal Banker Economics 6% $42,300 32%
Program Coordinator, Non-Profit Organization Sociology 6% $40,900 81%
Sales Associate Political Science (PolySci) 5% $40,600 31%

Students who major in the social sciences (economics, geography, sociology, political science, social work, sociology, etc.) Social science majors have a wide range of fascinating and high-earning career paths available to them, including Government Affairs Director, Intelligence Analyst, Case Manager, and Software Product Manager, among many roles that require creativity in addition to practical knowledge and technical training. Graduates who maximize their earning potential in the social sciences major grouping commonly major in economics. The top three highest earning jobs for social sciences majors with ten or more years of experience in PayScale's Annual Salary Report are Chief Operating Officers (COOs) ($168,000), Management Consultants ($137,200), and Business Development Directors ($130,000).

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