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Besides a psychologist, what other career options are there for someone interested in social sciences like psychology, anthropology, sociology, etc.?

I'm a junior who's leaning towards going to college to major in a social science like psychology. However, I don't know what other career options there are for those interested in those types of sciences. #psychology #careers #sociology #anthropology #social-science


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Eric’s Answer

Most undergraduate degrees in the social sciences are geared towards continuing your education in graduate school. An undergraduate degree alone in Psychology, for example, will likely not get you a job practicing the trade in a professional capacity.


Of course, having any degree will open doors when you hit the job market. But if your intention is to work professionally in Psychology, you'd likely need to get a master's degree or go to medical school. Only you can decide if the investment in time and effort is worth it. Good luck!


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George’s Answer

Hello, Yaminah!


The three disciplines you mentioned are very different and will take you down very different pathways. As mentioned above, practicing psychology requires a terminal degree and passing a state exam after residency. Other disciplines, like social work, require an advanced degree and certifications. Anthropology is a research-driven major that would likely take you into a career in academia. This, too, would require a terminal degree. Sociology has so many branches that my explanation might put you to sleep.


To best answer this question, what do you see yourself doing in the social sciences? Measuring people? Helping people with life problems? Performing research?


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Josephine’s Answer

Hello Yaminah,


With a BA in Social Sciences you could work in several different fields:
Career Counselor, Guidance Counselor, Academic Advisor (some universities may require a Master's Degree, some will accept you with a BA, especially if you have experience), Social Worker, Human Resources, Social Science Researcher, Community Development Worker, Cultural Resources Manager, Immigration officer, International affairs, Museum Curator or Assistant, Tourism, Paralegal, Legal Secretary, Criminal Justice Advocate, you can even teach in these subject areas.


Whichever field you are considering it is very important to participate in an internship or apprenticeship in that field in your senior year. Whichever career you pursue job experience is pivotal to getting hired! It is also a good way to develop contacts in that field. Networking is very important for any career. Three of the things an employer will ask you for when applying for a job are a resume, cover letter and professional references. Be sure to keep in touch with your professors and peers at college as you may need them for professional references.


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Ollie’s Answer

With a bachelor's degree in any social science, many careers are possible for you. Some require further education, of course.


Just some examples: lawyer, social worker, clinical psychologist, schoolteacher, professor, probation officer, police officer, clergywoman, human resources generalist, marketer, advertising executive, urban planner, and so forth.


All these sorts of careers apply your understanding of what motivates people. That's what you'll learn when you study social sciences. What you do with your knowledge is up to you.


I urge you to think broadly about your interests as you finish high school, rather than narrowing things down too much.


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Hanna’s Answer

Hello Yaminah,
There are many options for careers in social science. As mentioned above, it depends on what audience you want to work with and what you want to do with your degree. Many careers in the social sciences require additional schooling. You could become a social worker, counselor, guidance counselor, any type of career that helps people with their problems. The social sciences focuses on helping others. I have a psychology and communications degree and work as a career coach helping my students prepare for their career. Think about what your purpose is and what you would like to do in your career and go from there.


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Daniela’s Answer

Hi Yaminah,


Among the subjects that you mentioned (psychology, sociology and anthropology), history, economics, political science, human geography, demography, archeology, history, law and linguistics are part of science that study social groups.


To choose which area act, you must define for what purpose and target audience you want to work.


I hope I have helped. Good luck in your choice.


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Jordan’s Answer

Many jobs include a political scientist, anthropologist, something in criminal justice. There're a lot of careers out there for social sciences. Try not to limit yourself to just one.


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