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What You Can Do with a Social Science Degree

Graduates of the College of Social Sciences find employment opportunities in a wide variety of fields. Here are just a few examples of possible career paths in your chosen field.

  • Education – Teaching, research, administration.
  • Museums and Archives – Management and administration, curatorship, conservation, restoration, research, education, libraries, development.
  • Archaeology – Cultural resource management, research, excavation, fieldwork.
  • Government – Administration, cultural resource management, surveying, site management, excavation, research, museum conservation, legislative compliance review, program management and evaluation, impact assessment, policy analysis, urban planning, translation and interpretation.
  • Nonprofit – Administration, program management and development, policy analysis, fundraising and development, research, grant writing, counseling.
  • Business – Management, sales/marketing, human resources, public relations.
  • Communications – Documentary film production, photography, photojournalism, journalism, writing and editing, publishing.
  • Public relations professionals.
  • Social media strategists.
  • Broadcast journalists.
  • Writers and editors.
  • Strategic planning professionals.
  • Public policy analysts.
  • Media relations specialists.
  • Communication technology specialists.
  • Film and multimedia production professionals.
  • Marketing directors.
  • Non-profit fundraisers and outreach strategists.
  • Grant writers.
  • Managers of communication companies.
  • Managers of telecommunication companies.
  • Intercultural specialists and trainers.
  • News media producers and on-air personalities.
  • Some graduates also elect to continue their graduate studies in MA, PhD or professional programs, such as law or business, before starting their careers.
  • Education – K–12 and college teaching, research, administration, evaluation.
  • Government – Administration; land and resource management; research on county, state, and national economies; program management and evaluation; impact assessment; policy analysis; statistical agencies; Honolulu Rail Transit Project; U.S. Congress, State Legislature.
  • Nonprofit – Administration, program management and development, policy analysis, fundraising and development, research.
  • Business – Management, sales and marketing, human resources, banking, insurance, real estate, finance, ‘big data’ consulting firms, airlines.
  • Communications – Economic and business journalism.
  • Advanced Degrees – Law, public policy, public administration, public health, economics, business, urban planning.
  • Education – Teaching, research, administration, counseling, student affairs, library and information science.
  • Social Services – Administration, program management, grant writing, outreach, counseling.
  • Government – Administration, policy analyst, law making, legislating.
  • Business – Management, sales and marketing, human resources, public relations, communications.
  • Law – Legal representation, arbitration, judiciary, enforcement.
  • Cultural and Labor Organizations – Administration, outreach, programming, research, archiving and curating.
  • Communications – Documentary film production, photography, photojournalism, journalism, writing and editing, publishing.
  • Nonprofit – Administration, program management and development, policy analysis, fundraising and development, research, grant writing, counseling.
  • Environmental Planning
  • Resource Management
  • Conservation
  • Tourism
  • Social Policy Development
  • Geographic Information Systems and Digital Mapping
  • Government and Law – Public policy, research, regional planning, foreign service, law enforcement, legislation.
  • Politics – Elected or appointed leadership, campaign management, public advocacy.
  • Nonprofit – Administration, management, public relations, fundraising.
  • Business – Sales, human resources, management, advertising, public relations.
  • Journalism – Editing, reporting, circulation, sales, broadcasting.
  • Academia – Research, teaching at all levels of education.
  • Sales Representatives – The psychology major can help students acquire a range of interpersonal skills, which can be applied in a number of different sales and marketing positions.
  • Advertising Agents – Careers in this field involve researching the target audience for a product, and developing a message and advertising materials based on this research.
  • Psychiatric Technicians – Job titles in this area include psychiatric technicians, mental health technicians, and social work assistants. These individuals usually work directly under the supervision and guidance of a licensed professional.
  • Market Researchers – People working in the field of market research perform a variety of tasks, including conducting interviews, performing opinion polls, collecting data, and interpreting results.
  • Laboratory Assistants – Some settings that might employ psychology lab assistants include university psychology programs, government agencies, and businesses that study human behavior.
  • Local Government – City management, financial administration, budget analysis, general services, community affairs.
  • State Government – Legislative, Executive, Judicial branches, state agencies and programs.
  • Federal Government – Legislative, Executive, Judicial branches, or independent agencies.
  • Non-profit – Management, advocacy, program management and evaluation, policy analysis, development.
  • Political Support and Lobbying – Advocacy, political action committees, political parties, community engagement.
  • Business – Human resources, budget analysis, management, sales and marketing, management consulting.
  • International Affairs – Governance, policy making and analysis, public sector reform, poverty reduction, environmental protection, ethics.
  • Government – Administrative, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government at local, state, federal, and international levels.
  • Education – Administration, teaching, student affairs, counseling, advising.
  • Nonprofit Organizations – Administration, program management and development.
  • Law – Public interest, family and juvenile, human rights, politics.
  • Conflict Resolution – Negotiation, facilitation, community and civic relations, policy analysis.
  • Business – Human resources, management, sales, marketing, public relations, office administration.
  • Criminal Justice – Corrections, rehabilitation, law enforcement, judiciary.
  • Education – Teaching, research.
  • Government – Social statistics, demography, public administration, policy analysis, research, program development, human services, city planning, law enforcement.
  • Human Services – Counseling, case management, advocacy, mental health services, programming, administration.
  • Social Science Research – Research, data analysis, demography, market research, information sourcing. 
  • Education
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Food Systems
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Government
  • Historic Preservation
  • Housing
  • Infrastructure
  • Land Use Management
  • Planning
  • Resource Management
  • Transportation
  • Non-profit
  • Art and Media – Writer, director, producer, filmmaker, journalist, curator and artist, editor.
  • Business – Management, sales and marketing, human resources, public relations.
  • Education – Professor, researcher, administrator, counselor, teacher.
  • Human Services – Child welfare worker, domestic violence victims advocate, substance abuse prevention advocate, clinical social worker, human rights advocate.
  • Law or Politics – Lawyer, politician, legislative aide, union representative organizer.
  • Non-profit – Administration, program management and development, policy analysis, fundraising and development, research, grant writing, counseling.