Interest Area

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Students who complete an area of study in Social and Behavioral Sciences will learn to think critically about the relationships among people, their actions, their environments, and their societies. They will better understand how power structures, places, and cultural differences affect these relationships. They will improve their research, data analysis, communication, and academic writing skills, and learn how to creatively apply these skills to solve problems and engage with civic institutions and policies in our ever-changing world. Social and Behavioral Sciences graduates go on to careers in government, business, and the non-profit sector.

Programs

Administration of Justice

UC TransferCSU TransferASCOA

Anthropology

UC TransferCSU TransferAA

Economics

UC TransferCSU TransferAA

Geography

UC TransferCSU TransferAA

Human Development

CSU TransferASCOACOP

Political Science

UC TransferCSU TransferAA

Psychology

UC TransferCSU TransferAA

Sociology

UC TransferCSU TransferAA

Sustainability and Resource Management

COACOP
  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

Explore Careers Related to Social & Behavioral Sciences

Anthropologists

Median Salary

$62,671

Job Growth

+44%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 4%
  • Master's Degree
  • 54%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 43%
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Archeologists

Median Salary

$62,671

Job Growth

+44%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 9%
  • Master's Degree
  • 42%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 48%
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Broadcast News Analysts

Median Salary

$51,668

Job Growth

-4%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 23%
  • Some College
  • 7%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 67%
  • Master's Degree
  • 3%
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Child, Family, and School Social Workers

Median Salary

$54,768

Job Growth

+28%

Education

  • Associate's Degree
  • 6%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 69%
  • Master's Degree
  • 26%
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City and Regional Planning Aides

Median Salary

$49,733

Job Growth

+16%

Education

  • Some College
  • 10%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 5%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 35%
  • Master's Degree
  • 50%
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Climate Change Analysts

Median Salary

$93,390

Job Growth

+7%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 11%
  • Master's Degree
  • 82%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 7%
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Clinical Psychologists

Median Salary

$105,362

Job Growth

+17%

Education

  • Master's Degree
  • 16%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 84%
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Compliance Managers

Median Salary

$90,891

Job Growth

+5%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 9%
  • Certificate
  • 7%
  • Some College
  • 1%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 5%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 63%
  • Master's Degree
  • 14%
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Counseling Psychologists

Median Salary

$105,362

Job Growth

+17%

Education

  • Master's Degree
  • 35%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 65%
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Curators

Median Salary

$62,826

Job Growth

+12%

Education

  • Some College
  • 3%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 1%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 14%
  • Master's Degree
  • 44%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 37%
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Economists

Median Salary

$128,911

Job Growth

+29%

Education

  • Master's Degree
  • 35%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 65%
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Educational, Guidance, and Vocational Counselors

Median Salary

$82,459

Job Growth

+7%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 6%
  • Master's Degree
  • 93%
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Emergency Management Directors

Median Salary

$109,429

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • Some College
  • 8%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 16%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 56%
  • Master's Degree
  • 20%
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Environmental Economists

Median Salary

$128,911

Job Growth

+29%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 11%
  • Master's Degree
  • 41%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 48%
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Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers

Median Salary

$81,261

Job Growth

+9%

Education

  • Some College
  • 14%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 70%
  • Master's Degree
  • 16%
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Geographers

Median Salary

$89,380

Job Growth

-59%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 43%
  • Master's Degree
  • 35%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 22%
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Healthcare Social Workers

Median Salary

$77,743

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 4%
  • Master's Degree
  • 96%
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Historians

Median Salary

$51,522

Job Growth

-47%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 18%
  • Certificate
  • 15%
  • Some College
  • 18%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 20%
  • Master's Degree
  • 28%
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Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

Median Salary

$71,010

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • Master's Degree
  • 47%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 53%
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Labor Relations Specialists

Median Salary

$83,215

Job Growth

-29%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 20%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 10%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 40%
  • Master's Degree
  • 30%
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Legislators

Median Salary

$51,735

Job Growth

+16%

Education

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Loss Prevention Managers

Median Salary

$90,891

Job Growth

+5%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 14%
  • Certificate
  • 9%
  • Some College
  • 9%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 9%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 59%
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Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

Median Salary

$65,968

Job Growth

+9%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 61%
  • Master's Degree
  • 39%
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Marriage and Family Therapists

Median Salary

$46,916

Job Growth

+26%

Education

  • Associate's Degree
  • 2%
  • Master's Degree
  • 91%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 7%
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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

Median Salary

$70,684

Job Growth

+29%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 4%
  • Certificate
  • 4%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 3%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 16%
  • Master's Degree
  • 72%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 1%
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Mental Health Counselors

Median Salary

$48,864

Job Growth

+32%

Education

  • Associate's Degree
  • 1%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 34%
  • Master's Degree
  • 64%
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Museum Technicians and Conservators

Median Salary

$45,068

Job Growth

-3%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 1%
  • Certificate
  • 20%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 7%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 24%
  • Master's Degree
  • 47%
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Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists

Median Salary

$96,206

Job Growth

+24%

Education

  • Doctoral or More
  • 100%
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Police Detectives

Median Salary

$131,176

Job Growth

+11%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 38%
  • Certificate
  • 12%
  • Some College
  • 18%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 19%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 13%
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Police Identification and Records Officers

Median Salary

$131,176

Job Growth

+11%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 13%
  • Certificate
  • 8%
  • Some College
  • 3%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 28%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 26%
  • Master's Degree
  • 22%
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Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers

Median Salary

$70,058

Job Growth

+20%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 75%
  • Certificate
  • 6%
  • Some College
  • 9%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 10%
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Political Scientists

Median Salary

$77,564

Job Growth

+35%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 10%
  • Master's Degree
  • 13%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 77%
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Postsecondary Anthropology and Archeology Teachers

Median Salary

$102,837

Job Growth

+8%

Education

  • Master's Degree
  • 4%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 96%
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Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers

Median Salary

$102,837

Job Growth

+8%

Education

  • Master's Degree
  • 35%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 64%
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Postsecondary Philosophy and Religion Teachers

Median Salary

$102,837

Job Growth

+8%

Education

  • Master's Degree
  • 14%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 86%
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Postsecondary Political Science Teachers

Median Salary

$102,837

Job Growth

+8%

Education

  • Master's Degree
  • 3%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 97%
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Postsecondary Psychology Teachers

Median Salary

$102,837

Job Growth

+8%

Education

  • Master's Degree
  • 15%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 85%
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Postsecondary Sociology Teachers

Median Salary

$102,837

Job Growth

+8%

Education

  • Master's Degree
  • 23%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 77%
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Psychiatric Aides

Median Salary

$33,192

Job Growth

-3%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 63%
  • Certificate
  • 3%
  • Some College
  • 16%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 12%
  • Master's Degree
  • 2%
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Psychiatrists

Median Salary

$271,828

Job Growth

+14%

Education

  • Master's Degree
  • 7%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 93%
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Public Relations Specialists

Median Salary

$65,591

Job Growth

+6%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 92%
  • Master's Degree
  • 8%
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Regulatory Affairs Managers

Median Salary

$90,891

Job Growth

+5%

Education

  • Associate's Degree
  • 4%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 75%
  • Master's Degree
  • 21%
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Regulatory Affairs Specialists

Median Salary

$81,261

Job Growth

+9%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 85%
  • Master's Degree
  • 10%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 5%
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Rehabilitation Counselors

Median Salary

$32,492

Job Growth

+8%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 13%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 56%
  • Master's Degree
  • 31%
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Reporters and Correspondents

Median Salary

$51,668

Job Growth

-4%

Education

  • Some College
  • 5%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 5%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 82%
  • Master's Degree
  • 9%
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School Psychologists

Median Salary

$105,362

Job Growth

+17%

Education

  • Master's Degree
  • 100%
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Secondary School Teachers

Median Salary

$88,561

Job Growth

-17%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 67%
  • Master's Degree
  • 28%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 4%
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Security Management Specialists

Median Salary

$76,661

Job Growth

+13%

Education

  • Certificate
  • 8%
  • Some College
  • 4%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 15%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 69%
  • Master's Degree
  • 4%
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Security Managers

Median Salary

$90,891

Job Growth

+5%

Education

  • Certificate
  • 5%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 15%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 60%
  • Master's Degree
  • 20%
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Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs

Median Salary

$115,410

Job Growth

+11%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 55%
  • Certificate
  • 21%
  • Some College
  • 4%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 19%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 1%
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Social Science Research Assistants

Median Salary

$49,733

Job Growth

+16%

Education

  • Some College
  • 9%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 54%
  • Master's Degree
  • 37%
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Sociologists

Median Salary

$130,453

Job Growth

-41%

Education

  • Master's Degree
  • 23%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 77%
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Statisticians

Median Salary

$95,769

Job Growth

+6%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 15%
  • Master's Degree
  • 65%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 20%
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Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Median Salary

$48,864

Job Growth

+32%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 1%
  • Certificate
  • 2%
  • Some College
  • 7%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 14%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 26%
  • Master's Degree
  • 48%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 2%
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Supervisors of Police and Detectives

Median Salary

$167,154

Job Growth

+20%

Education

  • H.S. Diploma or Less
  • 37%
  • Certificate
  • 7%
  • Some College
  • 19%
  • Associate's Degree
  • 19%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 15%
  • Master's Degree
  • 3%
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Supply Chain Managers

Median Salary

$90,891

Job Growth

+5%

Education

  • Associate's Degree
  • 5%
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 76%
  • Master's Degree
  • 19%
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Survey Researchers

Median Salary

$49,409

Job Growth

-19%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 50%
  • Master's Degree
  • 42%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 8%
View Career

Urban and Regional Planners

Median Salary

$88,662

Job Growth

+10%

Education

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 8%
  • Master's Degree
  • 86%
  • Doctoral or More
  • 6%
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