Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Median Earnings of College Graduates by Field of Bachelor's Degree and Occupation

How much $$ can you earn with your degree?!? 

According to the latest Census statistics (2012), a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences is in the top 5 highest grossing degrees (i.e. Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy) with a median salary of $70,295!  A degree in Social Sciences actually earns you MORE than a degree in Business, Communications, Psychology, or Criminal Justice.

You may be asking yourself how an Anthropologist or Sociologist could earn more than someone in Marketing or Sales.  Well, the answer is because nowadays employers not only search for degree specialized characteristics when hiring for a specific position, but the majority also search for trans-disciplinary skills and learning essentials that can be applied to any position.  The skills employers look for can be: critical thinking and analysis, written and oral communications skills, quantitative literacy, teamwork abilities, intercultural competency, ethical reasoning, and a foundation for lifelong learning, among many others.

ALL of the above skills and learning essentials are taught throughout Social Sciences which is a big reason why someone working in this field can earn such a high paying salary.  According to a 2013 survey (Hart Research Associates) among employers, on behalf of the Association of American College and Universities, 93% of all surveyed agreed "a candidate's demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important then their undergraduate major."

(Examples of degrees in Social Sciences are Anthropology, Sociology, Humanities, the Sciences and History)---To see a complete list, follow the directions below.

**Copy and paste the link below into your web browser to see where your degree fits into that list!

http://www.census.gov/people/io/publications/table_packages.html

Note: Click on the "Median Earnings of College Graduates by Field of Bachelor's Degree and Occupation 2012" for a spreadsheet with earnings by degree, gender, and ethnicity.


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