|Quick Facts: Sociologists|
|2015 Median Pay||
$73,760 per year
$35.46 per hour
|Typical Entry-Level Education||Master's degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2014||2,600|
|Job Outlook, 2014-24||-1% (Little or no change)|
|Employment Change, 2014-24||0|
Sociologists study society and social behavior by examining the groups, cultures, organizations, social institutions, and processes that develop when people interact and work together.
Most sociologists work in research organizations, colleges and universities, and state and local government. They typically work full time during regular business hours.
Most sociology jobs require a master’s degree or Ph.D. Many bachelor’s degreeholders will find positions in related fields, such as social services, education, healthcare, or public policy.
The median annual wage for sociologists was $73,760 in May 2015.
Employment of sociologists is projected to show little or no change from 2014 to 2024. Sociologists can expect to face very strong competition because sociology is a popular field of study with a relatively small number of positions.
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