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Sociologists

Sociologists
Quick Facts : Sociologists*
2010 Median Pay$72,360
Entry Level EducationMaster's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20124,000
Job Outlook18% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change700


Sociologists study human social lives, activities, interactions, processes, and organizations within the context of larger social, political, and economic forces. They examine how social influences affect different individuals and groups, and the ways organizations and institutions affect people's lives.

What Sociologists Do

  • Design research projects to test theories about social issues
  • Collect data through surveys, observations, interviews, and other sources
  • Analyze and draw conclusions from data
  • Prepare reports, articles, or presentations detailing their research findings
  • Collaborate with other sociologists or social scientists

Work Environment

Most sociologists work in research organizations, colleges and universities, state and local government, and consulting service firms. They typically work full time during regular business hours.
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Job Outlook

Employment of sociologists is expected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020 driven by a growing interest in using sociological research to further understand society and human social interactions.
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Pay

In May 2010, the averages salary of sociologists was $72,360.
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Sociologists*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Sociologists

72360

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

59516.2857

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Sociologists*
Percent Change in Employment

Sociologists

17.5

Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations

13.36232967887606

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Sociologists

Sociologists typically need a master's degree or Ph.D. There are two types of sociology master's degree programs: traditional programs and applied, clinical, and professional programs.
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