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Career Outlook Social & Behavioral Sciences Emphasis, AA Liberal Arts and Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences Division

The intent of this degree is to prepare students for careers and/or higher education in the social sciences, generally, or in the specific disciplines within the the overall social science designation. This degree emphasizes the nature of individual and collective human behavior; our interactions; the political economic, social, and psychological structures and institutions of human beings; and the challenges of developing and sustaining interpersonal and intercultural relationships. This degree will enhance their ability to explain how groups and subgroups operate to make responsible political, moral, and social decisions.
Select at least one course (three units minimum) from each category. Select additional 9 units from any course not already used in category 1, 2, or 3 for a total of 18 units. This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

Required Courses

AA-T/AS-T degrees are designed to facilitate transfer to four-year institutions. Mt. San Antonio College ranks in the Top 10 in transferring students to UC, CSU, and private universities. Please visit Counseling Services for information on how to transfer, workshops, activities, events, and advising.

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    • Economists

      Economists

      SOC Career Code: 19-3011.00

      Conduct research, prepare reports, or formulate plans to address economic problems related to the production and distribution of goods and services or monetary and fiscal policy. May collect and process economic and statistical data using sampling techniques and econometric methods.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $90.93

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $109,404.23
      Annual Job Openings
      188

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Survey Researchers

      Survey Researchers

      SOC Career Code: 19-3022.00

      Plan, develop, or conduct surveys. May analyze and interpret the meaning of survey data, determine survey objectives, or suggest or test question wording. Includes social scientists who primarily design questionnaires or supervise survey teams.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $64.36

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $57,894.85
      Annual Job Openings
      144

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • School Psychologists

      School Psychologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-3031.01

      Investigate processes of learning and teaching and develop psychological principles and techniques applicable to educational problems.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $86.63

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $100,662.75
      Annual Job Openings
      2,142

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Clinical Psychologists

      Clinical Psychologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-3031.02

      Diagnose or evaluate mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observation, interview, and psychological tests, and formulate and administer programs of treatment.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $86.63

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $100,662.75
      Annual Job Openings
      2,142

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Counseling Psychologists

      Counseling Psychologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-3031.03

      Assess and evaluate individuals' problems through the use of case history, interview, and observation and provide individual or group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $86.63

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $100,662.75
      Annual Job Openings
      2,142

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

      Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-3032.00

      Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $133.07

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
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      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $114,684.86
      Annual Job Openings
      17

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists

      Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-3039.01

      Apply theories and principles of neuropsychology to diagnose and treat disorders of higher cerebral functioning.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $114.64

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
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      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $95,374.65
      Annual Job Openings
      965

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Sociologists

      Sociologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-3041.00

      Study human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organizations. May study the behavior and interaction of groups, trace their origin and growth, and analyze the influence of group activities on individual members.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $74.21

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $95,952.68
      Annual Job Openings
      145

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Urban and Regional Planners

      Urban and Regional Planners

      SOC Career Code: 19-3051.00

      Develop comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of jurisdictions, such as towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $65.81

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $91,374.40
      Annual Job Openings
      865

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Anthropologists

      Anthropologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-3091.01

      Research, evaluate, and establish public policy concerning the origins of humans; their physical, social, linguistic, and cultural development; and their behavior, as well as the cultures, organizations, and institutions they have created.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $50.65

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $64,767.80
      Annual Job Openings
      239

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Geographers

      Geographers

      SOC Career Code: 19-3092.00

      Study the nature and use of areas of the Earth's surface, relating and interpreting interactions of physical and cultural phenomena. Conduct research on physical aspects of a region, including land forms, climates, soils, plants, and animals, and conduct research on the spatial implications of human activities within a given area, including social characteristics, economic activities, and political organization, as well as researching interdependence between regions at scales ranging from local to global.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $58.10

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
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      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $91,216.85
      Annual Job Openings
      25

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Historians

      Historians

      SOC Career Code: 19-3093.00

      Research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $75.77

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $69,489.82
      Annual Job Openings
      56

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Political Scientists

      Political Scientists

      SOC Career Code: 19-3094.00

      Study the origin, development, and operation of political systems. May study topics, such as public opinion, political decision-making, and ideology. May analyze the structure and operation of governments, as well as various political entities. May conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public documents.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $72.93

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $69,550.42
      Annual Job Openings
      60

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

      Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

      SOC Career Code: 21-1011.00

      Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $46.87

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $48,889.99
      Annual Job Openings
      5,603

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Educational, Guidance, and Vocational Counselors

      Educational, Guidance, and Vocational Counselors

      SOC Career Code: 21-1012.00

      Counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $62.16

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
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      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $72,216.57
      Annual Job Openings
      4,370

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Marriage and Family Therapists

      Marriage and Family Therapists

      SOC Career Code: 21-1013.00

      Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems. Apply psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $40.41

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $46,569.80
      Annual Job Openings
      4,460

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Mental Health Counselors

      Mental Health Counselors

      SOC Career Code: 21-1014.00

      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.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $46.87

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $48,889.99
      Annual Job Openings
      5,603

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Rehabilitation Counselors

      Rehabilitation Counselors

      SOC Career Code: 21-1015.00

      Counsel individuals to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, disease, accidents, or the stress of daily life. Coordinate activities for residents of care and treatment facilities. Assess client needs and design and implement rehabilitation programs that may include personal and vocational counseling, training, and job placement.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $29.80

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $31,549.36
      Annual Job Openings
      2,091

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Child, Family, and School Social Workers

      Child, Family, and School Social Workers

      SOC Career Code: 21-1021.00

      Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $45.65

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $55,316.76
      Annual Job Openings
      4,232

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Healthcare Social Workers

      Healthcare Social Workers

      SOC Career Code: 21-1022.00

      Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $60.68

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $75,343.85
      Annual Job Openings
      3,014

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

      Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

      SOC Career Code: 21-1023.00

      Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $52.32

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $58,366.85
      Annual Job Openings
      2,195

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Health Educators

      Health Educators

      SOC Career Code: 21-1091.00

      Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May serve as a resource to assist individuals, other healthcare workers, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $51.19

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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $57,297.34
      Annual Job Openings
      1,057

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

      Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

      SOC Career Code: 21-1092.00

      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.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $61.38

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $91,395.20
      Annual Job Openings
      1,344

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Social and Human Service Assistants

      Social and Human Service Assistants

      SOC Career Code: 21-1093.00

      Assist in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $31.30

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $40,639.88
      Annual Job Openings
      9,257

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Community Health Workers

      Community Health Workers

      SOC Career Code: 21-1094.00

      Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. May collect data to help identify community health needs.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $37.68

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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $45,423.09
      Annual Job Openings
      984

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Lawyers

      Lawyers

      SOC Career Code: 23-1011.00

      Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $143.73

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $139,110.92
      Annual Job Openings
      7,453

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Judicial Law Clerks

      Judicial Law Clerks

      SOC Career Code: 23-1012.00

      Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $39.27

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $67,050.97
      Annual Job Openings
      181

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

      Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

      SOC Career Code: 23-1021.00

      Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $77.80

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      Top Entry-Level Education
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      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $132,516.79
      Annual Job Openings
      115

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

      Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

      SOC Career Code: 23-1022.00

      Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $81.75

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $90,614.99
      Annual Job Openings
      54

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

      Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

      SOC Career Code: 23-1023.00

      Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $136.40

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $200,158.39
      Annual Job Openings
      126

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Postsecondary Anthropology and Archeology Teachers

      Postsecondary Anthropology and Archeology Teachers

      SOC Career Code: 25-1061.00

      Teach courses in anthropology or archeology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $83.90

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $98,498.55
      Annual Job Openings
      16,578

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers

      Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers

      SOC Career Code: 25-1062.00

      Teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group, such as Latin American studies, women's studies, or urban affairs. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $83.90

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $98,498.55
      Annual Job Openings
      16,578

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Postsecondary Economics Teachers

      Postsecondary Economics Teachers

      SOC Career Code: 25-1063.00

      Teach courses in economics. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $83.90

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $98,498.55
      Annual Job Openings
      16,578

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Postsecondary Geography Teachers

      Postsecondary Geography Teachers

      SOC Career Code: 25-1064.00

      Teach courses in geography. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $83.90

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $98,498.55
      Annual Job Openings
      16,578

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Postsecondary Political Science Teachers

      Postsecondary Political Science Teachers

      SOC Career Code: 25-1065.00

      Teach courses in political science, international affairs, and international relations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $83.90

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $98,498.55
      Annual Job Openings
      16,578

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Postsecondary Psychology Teachers

      Postsecondary Psychology Teachers

      SOC Career Code: 25-1066.00

      Teach courses in psychology, such as child, clinical, and developmental psychology, and psychological counseling. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $83.90

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $98,498.55
      Annual Job Openings
      16,578

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Postsecondary Sociology Teachers

      Postsecondary Sociology Teachers

      SOC Career Code: 25-1067.00

      Teach courses in sociology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $83.90

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $98,498.55
      Annual Job Openings
      16,578

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Postsecondary Social Work Teachers

      Postsecondary Social Work Teachers

      SOC Career Code: 25-1113.00

      Teach courses in social work. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $83.90

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $98,498.55
      Annual Job Openings
      16,578

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Secondary School Teachers

      Secondary School Teachers

      SOC Career Code: 25-2031.00

      Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $55.55

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $86,870.56
      Annual Job Openings
      9,650

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
How to Complete the Program

Guided Pathways

Program Guided Pathways
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  • Social & Behavioral Sciences Emphasis, AA Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Humanities and Social Sciences Division

    The intent of this degree is to prepare students for careers and/or higher education in the social sciences, generally, or in the specific disciplines within the the overall social science designation. This degree emphasizes the nature of individual and collective human behavior; our interactions; the political economic, social, and psychological structures and institutions of human beings; and the challenges of developing and sustaining interpersonal and intercultural relationships. This degree will enhance their ability to explain how groups and subgroups operate to make responsible political, moral, and social decisions.
    Select at least one course (three units minimum) from each category. Select additional 9 units from any course not already used in category 1, 2, or 3 for a total of 18 units. This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Core Courses
    Select at least one course from each of the three categories9
    Category 1: Psychology, Sociology and Human Development:
    Choose a minimum of 3 units from the following3
    BIOL 5
    Contemporary Health Issues
    BIOL 13
    Human Reproduction, Development and Aging
    BIOL 15
    Human Sexuality
    or BIOL 15H
    Human Sexuality - Honors
    CHLD 1
    Child, Family, School and Community
    CHLD 10
    Child Growth and Lifespan Development
    or CHLD 10H
    Child Growth and Lifespan Development - Honors
    CHLD 11
    Child and Adolescent Development
    PSYC 1A
    Introduction to Psychology
    or PSYC 1AH
    Introduction to Psychology - Honors
    PSYC 1B
    Biological Psychology
    PSYC 14
    Developmental Psychology
    PSYC 15
    Introduction to Child Psychology
    PSYC 19
    Abnormal Psychology
    PSYC 25
    The Psychology of Women
    PSYC 26
    Psychology of Sexuality
    SOC 1
    Introduction to Sociology
    or SOC 1H
    Introduction to Sociology - Honors
    SOC 2
    Contemporary Social Problems
    or SOC 2H
    Contemporary Social Problems - Honors
    SOC 4
    Introduction to Gerontology
    SOC 5
    Introduction to Criminology
    or SOC 5H
    Introduction to Criminology - Honors
    SOC 14
    Marriage and the Family
    or SOC 14H
    Marriage and the Family - Honors
    SOC 15
    Child Development
    SOC 20
    Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
    or SOC 20H
    Introduction to Race and Ethnicity - Honors
    SOC 40
    Introduction to Sex and Gender Roles
    Category 2: Anthropology, Geography and Biology as it relates to Society
    Choose a minimum of three units from the following:3
    ANTH 1
    Biological Anthropology
    or ANTH 1H
    Biological Anthropology - Honors
    ANTH 1L
    Biological Anthropology Laboratory
    ANTH 4
    Archaeology
    ANTH 5
    Cultural Anthropology
    or ANTH 5H
    Cultural Anthropology - Honors
    ANTH 6
    Language and Culture: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
    ANTH 30
    The Native American
    BIOL 6
    Humans and the Environment
    BIOL 6L
    Humans and the Environment Laboratory
    BIOL 17
    Neurobiology and Behavior
    BIOL 25
    Conservation Biology
    GEOG 1
    Physical Geography
    GEOG 1H
    Physical Geography - Honors
    GEOG 1L
    Physical Geography Laboratory
    GEOG 1LH
    Physical Geography Laboratory - Honors
    GEOG 2
    Human Geography
    GEOG 2H
    Human Geography - Honors
    GEOG 5
    World Regional Geography
    GEOG 8
    Urban Geography
    GEOG 30
    Geography of California
    or GEOG 30H
    Geography of California - Honors
    PUBH 24
    Introduction to Public Health
    PUBH 26
    Introduction to Global Public Health
    PUBH 27
    Public Health and the Environment
    Category 3: Economics, History, and Political Science
    Choose a minimum of three units from the following:3
    AGAG 1
    Food Production, Land Use, and Politics - A Global Perspective
    BUSC 1A
    Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics
    or BUSC 1AH
    Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics - Honors
    BUSC 1B
    Principles of Economics - Microeconomics
    or BUSC 1BH
    Principles of Economics - Microeconomics - Honors
    BUSM 50
    World Culture: A Business Perspective
    HIST 1
    History of the United States
    HIST 3
    World History: Prehistoric to Early Modern
    or HIST 3H
    World History: Prehistoric to Early Modern - Honors
    HIST 4
    World History: Early Modern to the Present
    or HIST 4H
    World History: Early Modern to the Present - Honors
    HIST 7
    History of the United States to 1877
    or HIST 7H
    History of the United States to 1877 - Honors
    HIST 8
    History of the United States from 1865
    or HIST 8H
    History of the United States from 1865 - Honors
    HIST 30
    History of the African American 1619-1877
    HIST 31
    History of the African American
    HIST 35
    History of Africa
    HIST 36
    Women in American History
    HIST 39
    California History
    HIST 40
    History of the Mexican American
    POLI 1
    Introduction to American Government and Politics
    POLI 1H
    Introduction to American Government and Politics - Honors
    POLI 2
    Comparative Politics
    POLI 9
    International Relations
    POLI 10
    Environmental Politics
    POLI 25
    Latino Politics in the United States
    POLI 35
    African American Politics
    Recommended Electives
    MATH 110
    Elementary Statistics
    or MATH 110H
    Elementary Statistics - Honors
    PSYC 10
    Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
    SPCH 7
    Intercultural Communication
    SOC 23
    Introduction to Statistics in Sociology and Social Sciences
    SPCH 26
    Interpersonal Communication
    or SPCH 26H
    Interpersonal Communication - Honors
    PSYC 3
    Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
    LIBR 1
    Library Research Methods and Resources
    Total Units18

     Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

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