Social & Behavioral Sciences

Social & Behavioral Sciences program icon Programs and majors in Social & Behavioral Sciences can lead to careers in business, museums and mental health.

Do any of these things interest you?

  • Working with rare artifacts.
  • Designing databases.
  • Financial planning.
  • Counseling people who need help.
  • Acting as a tour guide.
  • Designing and analyzing surveys.

If so, take a look at careers in Social & Behavioral Sciences below.

Careers in Social & Behavioral Sciences
 

Insurance Broker

Similar Job Titles:
Account Executive, Account Manager, Accounts Executive, Insurance Agent, Insurance Broker, Insurance Sales Agent, Sales Agent, Sales Associate, Sales Representative, Underwriting Sales Representative

Description
Sell life, property, casualty, health, automotive, or other types of insurance. May refer clients to independent brokers, work as an independent broker, or be employed by an insurance company.

Insurance Brokers typically: Customize insurance programs to suit individual customers, often covering a variety of risks.  Sell various types of insurance policies to businesses and individuals on behalf of insurance companies, including automobile, fire, life, property, medical and dental insurance, or specialized policies, such as marine, farm/crop, and medical malpractice.  Explain features, advantages, and disadvantages of various policies to promote sale of insurance plans.  Perform administrative tasks, such as maintaining records and handling policy renewals.  Seek out new clients and develop clientele by networking to find new customers and generate lists of prospective clients.

Hourly

$23.90

Regional

Salary

$49,710

Regional

 

Current Employment

3,510

Regional

 

Job Growth

12%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 3,510 people in the state. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 12%.

Visit the Economics Program webpage 

Learn more about a career as an Insurance Broker 

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Insurance Agent

Similar Job Titles
Account Executive, Account Manager, Accounts Executive, Insurance Agent, Insurance Broker, Insurance Sales Agent, Sales Agent, Sales Associate, Sales Representative, Underwriting Sales Representative

Description
Sell life, property, casualty, health, automotive, or other types of insurance. May refer clients to independent brokers, work as an independent broker, or be employed by an insurance company.

Insurance Agents typically:  Customize insurance programs to suit individual customers, often covering a variety of risks.  Sell various types of insurance policies to businesses and individuals on behalf of insurance companies, including automobile, fire, life, property, medical and dental insurance, or specialized policies, such as marine, farm/crop, and medical malpractice.  Explain features, advantages, and disadvantages of various policies to promote sale of insurance plans.  Perform administrative tasks, such as maintaining records and handling policy renewals.  Seek out new clients and develop clientele by networking to find new customers and generate lists of prospective clients.

Hourly

$23.90

Regional

Salary

$49,710

Regional

Current Employment

3,510

Regional

Job Growth

12%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 3,510 people in the state. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 12%.

Visit the Economics Program webpage 

Learn more about a career as an Insurance Agent  

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Wealth Manager (Personal Financial Advisor)

Similar Job Titles
Account Executive, Analyst, Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Financial Advisor, Financial Consultant, Financial Counselor, Financial Planner, Investment Advisor, Portfolio Manager, Registered Representative

Description
Advise clients on financial plans using knowledge of tax and investment strategies, securities, insurance, pension plans, and real estate. Duties include assessing clients' assets, liabilities, cash flow, insurance coverage, tax status, and financial objectives.

Wealth Managers typically: Interview clients to determine their current income, expenses, insurance coverage, tax status, financial objectives, risk tolerance, or other information needed to develop a financial plan.  Answer clients' questions about the purposes and details of financial plans and strategies.  Recommends strategies in cash management, insurance coverage, investment planning, or other areas to help them achieve their financial goals.  Analyze financial information obtained from clients to determine strategies for meeting clients' financial objectives.  Implement financial planning recommendations or refer clients to someone who can assist them with plan implementation.

Hourly

$43.58

Regional

Salary

$90,640

Regional

Current Employment

870

Regional

Job Growth

13%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 870 people in the state. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 13%.

Visit the Economics Program webpage 

Learn more about a career as a Wealth Manager 

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Risk Management Specialist

Similar Job Titles
Credit Risk Management Director, Global Risk Management Director, Operational Risk Management Vice President, Purchasing and Risk Services Director, Risk Analyst, Risk Management and Benefits Vice President, Risk Management Director, Risk Management Manager, Risk Manager, Risk Specialist

Description
Analyze and manage risk management issues by identifying, measuring, and making decisions on operational or enterprise risks for an organization. 

Risk Management Specialists typically: Develop contingency plans to deal with emergencies.  Recommend ways to control or reduce risk.  Analyze areas of potential risk to the assets, earning capacity, or success of organizations.  Document, and ensure communication of, key risks.  Maintain input or data quality of risk management systems.

Hourly

$33.42

Regional

Salary

$69,520

Regional

Current Employment

1,160

Regional

Job Growth

17%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 1,160 people in the state. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 17%.

Visit the Economics Program webpage 

Learn more about a career as a Risk Management Specialist 

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Research Associate

Similar Job Titles
Graduate Assistant, Graduate Research Assistant, Project Director, Project Manager, Research Analyst, Research Assistant, Research Associate, Research Specialist, Social Research Assistant, Survey Analyst

Description
Assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other social science research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management

Research Associates typically: Prepare, manipulate, and manage extensive databases.  Aids with the preparation of project-related reports, manuscripts, and presentations.  Obtain informed consent of research subjects or their guardians.  Perform descriptive and multivariate statistical analyses of data, using computer software.  Verify the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases, correcting any errors.

Hourly

$22.12

Regional

Salary

$46,000

Regional

Current Employment

140

Regional

Job Growth

10%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 140 people in the state. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 10%.

Visit the Economics Program webpage 

Learn more about a career as a Research Associate 

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Museum Guide

Similar Job Titles
Discovery Guide, Docent, Guide, Historical Interpreter, Interpreter, Museum Educator, Museum Guide, Science Interpreter, Tour Escort, Tour Guide

Description
Escort individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.

Museum Guides typically:  Describe tour points of interest to group members, and respond to questions.  Escort individuals or groups on cruises, sightseeing tours, or through places of interest such as industrial establishments, public buildings, or art galleries.  Conduct educational activities for school children.  Monitor visitors' activities to ensure compliance with establishment or tour regulations and safety practices.  Provide directions and other pertinent information to visitors.

Hourly

$12.39

Regional

Salary

$25,770

Regional

Current Employment

45,800

National

Job Growth

10%

National


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 45,800 people in the United States. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in the United States is expected to increase by 10%.

Visit the History Program webpage 

Learn more about a career as a Museum Guide 

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Museum Associate

Similar Job Titles
Art Preparator, Conservation Technician, Conservator, Exhibit Technician, Museum Registrar, Museum Technician, Objects Conservator, Paintings Conservator, Paper Conservator, Preparator

Description
Restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.

Museum Associates typically: Install, arrange, assemble, and prepare artifacts for exhibition, ensuring the artifacts' safety, reporting their status and condition, and identifying and correcting any problems with the set up.  Repair, restore, and reassemble artifacts, designing and fabricating missing or broken parts, to restore them to their original appearance and prevent deterioration.  Clean objects, such as paper, textiles, wood, metal, glass, rock, pottery, and furniture, using cleansers, solvents, soap solutions, and polishes.  Photograph objects for documentation.  Determine whether objects need repair and choose the safest and most effective method of repair. 

Hourly

$19.55

Regional

Salary

$40,670

Regional

Current Employment

240

Regional

Job Growth

21%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 240 people in the state. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 21%.

Visit the History Program webpage 

Learn more about a career as a Museum Associate 

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Mental Health Associate

Similar Job Titles
Behavior Analyst, Behavior Support Specialist (BSS), Case Manager, Clinician, Correctional Counselor, Counselor, Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Specialist, Mental Health Therapist, Therapist

Description
Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.

Mental Health Associates typically: Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment.  Encourage clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives, helping them to develop insight into themselves or their relationships.  Collect information about clients through interviews, observation, or tests.  Assess patients for risk of suicide attempts.  Fill out and maintain client-related paperwork, including federal- and state-mandated forms, client diagnostic records, and progress notes.

Hourly

$22.47

Regional

Salary

$46,740

Regional

Current Employment

920

Regional

Job Growth

17%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 920 people in the state. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 17%.

Visit the Psychology Program webpage 

Learn more about a career as a Mental Health Associate 

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Probation Officer

Similar Job Titles
Adult Probation Officer, Correctional Counselor, Deputy Juvenile Officer, Deputy Probation Officer (DPO), Juvenile Probation Officer, Parole Agent, Parole Officer, Probation and Parole Officer, Probation Counselor, Probation Officer

Description
Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.

Probation Officers typically: Interview probationers and parolees regularly to evaluate their progress in accomplishing goals and maintaining the terms specified in their probation contracts and rehabilitation plans.  Recommend remedial action or initiate court action in response to noncompliance with terms of probation or parole.  Administer drug and alcohol tests, including random drug screens of offenders, to verify compliance with substance abuse treatment programs.  Prepare and maintain case folder for each assigned inmate or offender.  Discuss with offenders how such issues as drug and alcohol abuse and anger management problems might have played roles in their criminal behavior.

Hourly

$24.71

Regional

Salary

$51,410

Regional

Current Employment

1,710

Regional

Job Growth

8%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 1,710 people in the state. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 8%.

Visit the Sociology Program webpage 

Learn more about a career as a Probation Officer 

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.


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Degrees & Certificates in This Area of Study

 

Anthropology (Associate of Arts)

Anthropology: African Culture (Associate of Arts)

Applied Politics/Political Management (Certificate of Achievement)

Applied Psychology: Addiction Services (Associate of Applied Science)

Applied Psychology: Aging Services (Associate of Applied Science)

Applied Psychology: Child/Family Services (Associate of Applied Science)

Applied Psychology: Community Social Services (Associate of Applied Science)

Applied Psychology: Disability Services (Associate of Applied Science)

Applied Psychology: Mental Health Services (Associate of Applied Science)

Applied Psychology: Mental Health Services (Certificate of Achievement)

Applied Psychology: Supervisory Services (Associate of Applied Science)

Cultural Resource Management (Certificate of Achievement)

Economics (Associate of Arts)

Economics: Applied Financial Economics (Associate of Arts)

Forensic Anthropology (Certificate of Achievement)

Global Studies (Associate of Arts)

History (Associate of Arts)

Political Science (Associate of Arts)

Psychology (Associate of Arts)

Sociology (Associate of Arts)

Women's Studies (Associate of Arts)

NOTE: Associate of Arts, Business, and Science degrees are intended for transfer to another NSHE institution. Associate of Applied Science degrees are for a specific occupation, intended to respond to the needs of the workforce and may transfer to a NSHE institution offering a Bachelor of Applied Science degree.