Social Research

Your training in sociology and anthropology makes you uniquely qualified to conduct research on human populations!

These jobs typically involve developing and/or conducting evaluations of programs, surveys and polls, and analyzing trends in data collections.

Verbal and writing skills

Strong verbal and writing skills are a must to effectively communicate your research findings in reports, tables and graphs.


There are many research jobs out there, and many will require relocation to larger cities like New York, Chicago, or Washington, D.C.


  • Take and do well in methods courses.
  • Take and do well in statistics.
  • Participate in research projects with your professors.
  • Apply for an internship with, and work for a research organization.

Kristin Arnette

Planner II, Economic Analyst

Missouri Economic Research Council and Information Center

Department of Economic Development Services

Possible career positions

Organization Types of positions Location


Analyst/Project Manager (BA/BS)

Multiple Locations

Academy Health

Research Assistant I & II (BA/BS & exp)

Washington DC

American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Research Assistant/Associate (BA/BS)

Multiple Locations

Arbitron (formerly Nielsen)

Research Analyst (BA/BS)

Multiple Locations

Census Bureau

Statistician (BA/BS & course requirements)

Suitland, MD

Civis Analytics

Data Scientist - Social Sciences (MA/MS)

Chicago, IL


Data Analyst (exp)

New York, NY

Kaiser Family Foundation

Survey Research Assistant/Survey Analyst (BA/BS)

Menlo Park, CA

National Opinion Research Center (NORC)

Research Assistant (BA/BS)

Chicago, IL

Opinion Dynamics

Project Analyst (BS/BA)

Waltham, MA & Oakland, CA

Pew Research Center

Research Assistant (BS/BA)

Washington DC

Research, Evaluation & Social Solutions, Inc. (REESSI)

Research Assistant (BS/BA)

Kilmarnock, VA

The MassINC Polling Group

Research Associate (BA/BS)

Boston, MA

Position availability

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