American Sociological Association

Data Resources on Sociology as a Profession

We use the following four data resources frequently in our reports, presentations, and for the trend data that we report on our web pages. These tools provide you with access to national postsecondary education datasets for use in your own custom reports or for your strategic planning and departmental policy purposes. Click below to access these data tools and resources.

NSF’s WebCASPAR: Integrated Science and Engineering Resources Data System
Build your own tables using NSF and NCES data. Data are available on degrees awarded, enrollments, R&D funding, and institutional characteristics in many science and engineering fields including sociology. User tutorials and help menus are available. 

NSF’s SESTAT: Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System
A comprehensive public-use data system on the employment, educational, and demographic characteristics of scientists and engineers in the United States (including sociologists). The site draws from NSF surveys such as the Survey of Earned Doctorates and National Survey of College Graduates. Extensive help menus, variable documentation, public-use data downloads, and technical notes are available.

National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences’ DAS: Data Analysis System
This web-based data analysis software provides public access to mostly individual-level education survey data collected by the US Department of Education. Users can build their own analysis tables, covariance matrices (with standard errors) for regression analysis, and, with DAS 2.0, perform weighted least-squares and logistic regression analysis on the web. In nationally representative complex samples, data on sociology majors can be found in the National Education Longitudinal Survey (NELS) and Bachelor’s and Beyond (B&B), while data on sociology faculty can be found in the National Study of Postsecondary Faculty (NSOPF). Step-by-step tutorials, which can be found by clicking the “User Help Center” link, are highly recommended.

National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences IPEDS Data Center
A centralized data retrieval tool from NCES’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Can be used to obtain the IPEDS Institution Unit ID for a given school. Or visit NCES's College Navigator data tool to search for an institution by state.

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