The ASA Department of Research on the Discipline and Profession:

Employment Trends in Sociology

Employment Trends Graphic

The latest available labor force data on the employment status and work settings of sociologists with Bachelor’s, Masters, and Doctoral degrees are presented below. This information is derived from National Science Foundation tabulations, particularly their publication series Characteristics of Doctoral Scientists and Engineers in the United States and Characteristics of Recent College Graduates. Please note that the most recent data for a given trend might not necessarily yet be available for the current or recent years.



Doctorate Social and Behavioral Scientists

Masters and Bachelors Degrees


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