Human Sciences

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2020
55,949
declining 5.62%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$7,158
growing 1.24%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$29,498
growing 1.75%
Average Wage
$54,680
growing 1.97%
People in Workforce
391,459
growing 1.53%
Average Employee Age
42.5
declining 0.0573%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Human Sciences degree recipients are Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Long Beach, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of Human Sciences degree recipients are Beverly Hills, CA, Franklin, VA, and Palm Coast, FL. The most common degree awarded to students studying Human Sciences is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Human Sciences and the types of students that study this field. City College of San Francisco awards the most degrees in Human Sciences in the US, but Jose Maria Vargas University and Huntington University of Health Sciences have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Human Sciences.

Tuition costs for Human Sciences majors are, on average, $7,158 for in-state public colleges, and $29,498 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Human Sciences programs are Public, 2-year institutions (584 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (26,083 completions).

Institutions

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Human Sciences, is Public, 4-year or above (26,083 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Human Sciences programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,158
Median In-State Public
$29,498
Median Out of State Private

City College of San Francisco has the most Human Sciences degree recipients, with 951 degrees awarded in 2020.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Human Sciences.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Human Sciences programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Jose Maria Vargas University has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Human Sciences, with 68.4%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Human Sciences

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Human Sciences by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Human Sciences.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Human Sciences graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Human Sciences majors is $54,680 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Preschool & kindergarten teachers, and Education administrators.

The industry that employs the most Human Sciences majors is Elementary & secondary schools, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Carpet & rug mills.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

$54,680
Average Wage in Workforce
± $2,126
1.97%
1 Year Growth
± 5.41%

The average salary for Human Sciences majors is $54,680 and the most common occupations are Elementary & middle school teachers, Preschool & kindergarten teachers, and Education administrators.

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Highest Paying Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Human Sciences majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Human Sciences majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

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Most Specialized

Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Human Sciences majors working as Dietitians & nutritionists, Marriage and family therapists, and Preschool & kindergarten teachers.

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Occupations by Share

391,459
2020 Workforce
± 15,341
1.53%
1 Year Growth
± 5.48%

The number of Human Sciences graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 1.53%, from 385,557 in 2019 to 391,459 in 2020.

The largest single share of Human Sciences graduates go on to work as Elementary & middle school teachers (11.3%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Human Sciences by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

391,459
2020 Workforce
± 15,341
1.53%
1 Year Growth
± 5.48%

The number of Human Sciences graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 1.53%, from 385,557 in 2019 to 391,459 in 2020.

The industry which employs the most Human Sciences graduates by share is Elementary & secondary schools, followed by Child day care services. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Human Sciences.

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Specialty Locations

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Human Sciences majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Human Sciences in the United States.

The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Human Sciences is 42.5.

The most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Human Sciences degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Human Sciences (25,586 students).

Workforce Age

42.5
Average Age in 2020
± 0.531 Years
0.0573%
1 Year Change
± 1.77%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Human Sciences. The most common ages of employees with this major are 28 and 25 years old, which represent 3.18% and 3.01% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Human Sciences are Bachelors Degree, Associates Degree, and 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

The most common degree types held by the working population in Human Sciences are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Sex Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (90.7%)
Most Common Sex with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by sex at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Human Sciences.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    25,586 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    14,289 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    8,087 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Human Sciences for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Sex Combination
  1. White Female
    11,833 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Female
    3,521 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    2,383 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by sex for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Human Sciences. White Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and sex.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    5,062 degree recipients
  2. India
    4,240 degree recipients
  3. Philippines
    3,406 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Korea
    3.5 times more than expected
  2. Austria
    3.48 times more than expected
  3. Sri Lanka
    2.91 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Korea that hold Human Sciences degrees (3.5 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (5,062 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Human Sciences field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Human Sciences majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Human Sciences majors need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Operations Analysis, and Writing.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Human Sciences majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Service Orientation is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Active Listening are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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