Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c. (NOC 4169)

About this job

This group includes anthropologists, archaeologists, geographers, historians, linguists, political scientists, sociologists and other professional occupations in social science not elsewhere classified.

People in this occupation:

  • work in universities and throughout the public and private sectors
Common job titles
  • anthropologist
  • archaeologist
  • criminologist / penologist
  • gerontologist
  • historian
  • linguist
  • anthropologist
  • archaeologist
  • criminologist / penologist
  • ecologist, social
  • ethnographer / ethnologist
  • genealogist

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$65,342

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

The following is a summary of main duties for some occupations in this group:

Anthropologists:

  • do studies of the origin, development and functioning of human societies and cultures and of human evolution, changing physical characteristics and geographical distribution

Archaeologists:

  • study artifacts (objects and structures) to reconstruct past economic, social, political and intellectual life

Geographers:

  • study and analyze the spatial distribution and interrelationship of physical, biological, cultural and social patterns

Historians:

  • do research into one or more phases or aspects of past human activity and interpret and document findings

Linguists:

  • study the origin, structure and development of languages and apply linguistic theory to problems in teaching, translation and communications

Political scientists:

  • do research into the theory, origin, development, interrelationships and functioning of political institutions, political movements and individual political behaviour

Psychometricians:

  • develop psychological tests, scales and measures
  • may give and interpret such tests, scales and measures
  • give and score psychological tests, usually under the supervision of a registered psychologist

Sociologists:

  • study the development, structure, social patterns and relationships within human society

Special duties

Specialization usually exists within each of these occupations. Other social science professionals included in this group specialize in particular areas of social sciences and humanities disciplines. These include:

  • criminologists (specialists in the study of crime and criminals)
  • gerontologists (specialists in the phenomena and problems of aging)
  • graphoanalysts (specialists in handwriting analysis)  

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a conventional indoor office setting.
  • Workers may be exposed to various outdoor weather conditions.
  • Workers be exposed to dust and sand in the workplace.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • A master's or doctoral degree in the discipline is usually required.

Skills

  • General Learning Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Clerical Ability
  • Directive
  • Manual Dexterity
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Anthropology
  • Geography (Arts)
  • Gerontology
  • History
  • Linguistics (Science)
  • Linguistics Related (Arts)
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science/Studies
  • Sociology

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
10
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
550
Average annual employment growth:
1.4%
Expected number of job openings:
230
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
100
Average annual employment growth:
1.2%
Expected number of job openings:
40
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
60
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
210
Average annual employment growth:
0.7%
Expected number of job openings:
70

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Specialization within each occupation occurs through specialized university study or through experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.