Careers in the Social Sciences

Social sciences jobs - social sciences careers.  Learn how a graduate degree in the social sciences can enhance your career opportunities.A graduate degree in a social sciences field can open the door to a wide variety of career opportunities that deal with the human aspect of the world and how we function within it.

Depending on your preference, these careers can be research-oriented or more hands-on and range from jobs in a private practice to other sectors ranging from schools, government organizations, and corporations to health care facilities and research institutions.

A graduate degree in health and mental sciences, such as psychology, often leads to jobs that involve direct contact with others, usually in the form of counseling or therapy. Depending on your training, you could work in school counseling, substance abuse counseling, career counseling, or marriage and family counseling, just to name a few.

With a criminal sciences degree, you can find a career working within the criminal justice system, from police, criminal law, or corrections work to jobs dealing with forensic science, such as crime scene processor, medical examiner, or crime lab analyst.

Economics degrees can open the door to careers in virtually any industry. The economy is a vital part of any business model, and this education can be applied in areas ranging from economic development to public finance and even international trade, if you’re interested in working abroad.

History and political science degrees are somewhat related in that they both lead to career opportunities in fields dealing with group behavior in our society. Both require an understanding of history, culture, and religions, and both can lead to careers in the world of politics and policy, from working with elected officials to a career in national security and defense.

This type of training is also closely linked to public administration work, which can include municipal jobs as well as those that help shape public policy on a broader scale. Similarly, an urban studies degree can lead to a career that allows you to plan how to effect change in our cities, such as an urban planner.

No matter what career you’re interested in, when you’re ready to hit the bricks and find that job, some Internet job search engines, such as America’s Job Bank, categorize job listings in the social sciences together to help you refine your search and find the career that’s right for you.

Paula Andruss is a Cincinnati-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in publications including Parents,, Marketing News, Crain’s Chicago Business, and Cincinnati magazine.