Social Sciences

If you’re interested in a career in social sciences, you can find your fit in the federal government. Federal positions in social sciences include community planners, economists, social workers and psychologists.

For example, psychologists at the Department of Veterans Affairs help treat the mental health illnesses of veterans. Civilian sports specialists in the Department of the Army create and manage sports activities for the armed forces, from conducting sport classes to facilities management. This list recognizes only a couple of the numerous federal career opportunities found in the social sciences.

Top Agencies with Employees in Social Sciences# of Current Employees
Social Security Administration27,931
Department of Veterans Affairs22,203
Department of Justice9,776
Department of the Army7,912
Department of the Air Force4,901
Department of Health and Human Services4,628
Department of the Navy3,134
Department of Homeland Security2,066
Department of the Agriculture1,720
Department of the Interior1,648

Percentage of Employees in Social Sciences Positions% of Current Employees
Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia64%
National Capital Planning Commission58%
Council of Economic Advisers50%
Social Security Administration45%
Commission on Civil Rights44%
Inter-American Foundation36%
Commission of Fine Arts18%
Valles Caldera Trust13%
Department of Labor11%
Department of Interior11%

Top Social Sciences Positions# of Current Employees
Social Insurance Administration27,850
Correctional Officer18,707
Social Work14,113
Intelligence12,939
Social Science10,498
Psychology6,795
Economist4,116
Health Insurance Administration2,741
Social Science Aid and Technician1,464
Social Services Aid and Assistant1,113

Top Positions by RegionPercentage
South Atlantic31.9%
Pacific West11.7%
East North Central8.7%
West South Central9.1%
Mid-Atlantic8.4%
Mountain West6.0%
West North Central5.1%
Northeast3.1%
Positions Overseas0.71%
Job Series Codes

You can search USAJOBS.gov using keywords or the job series code, a four-digit number corresponding to a government job category. The most common social sciences  job series codes are listed below.

0006: Correctional Institution Administration

0020: Community Planning

0101: Social Science

0130: Foreign Affairs

0131: International Relations

Did You Know?

Nearly half of all social science feds work for the Social Security Administration

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Sample Positions

Job Title: Community Planner (0020) 
Agency: Department of the Army 
Salary Range: $40,033 to $55,206/year 

As a community planner, you will: 

  • Identify problems and study objectives, formulate solutions, coordinate economic, environmental and engineering analysis of costs, impacts and benefits
  • Lead multi-disciplinary teams of 5-15 people in the conduct of studies, make task assignments, monitor progress and report status towards deadlines

Job Title: International Relations Specialist (0131)
Agency: Department of Transportation
Salary Range: $64,650 to $119,794/Year 

As a international relations specialist, you will: 

  • Be responsible for analyzing and assessing international surface and intermodal transportation policies and programs and recommending international surface and intermodal transportation and trade policies, U.S. transportation policies and solutions to trade facilitation program issues
  • Maintain effective liaison and executive level relationships with all U.S. and foreign governments’ departments, industries and financial institutions that are involved in the economic, financial and physical aspects of transportation trade activities