Social Scientists

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Social Scientists

Social Scientists - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, sociologists:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a medium level of social contact. They observe, interview, consult, and communicate results to others.
  • Are responsible for work outcomes and results of other researchers.
  • Communicate with others daily by telephone, e-mail, or in person.
  • Often speak in front of large groups of people, such as when teaching.
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  • Write letters and memos on a weekly basis.
  • Work in a group or as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Almost always work indoors.
  • Work with other people, but in a separate office or many feet apart.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work. Errors could result in faulty research.
  • Repeat the same mental activities.
  • Rarely consult a supervisor before making a decision or before setting tasks and goals.
  • Are moderately competitive with other researchers.
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  • Must meet strict deadlines on a monthly basis.
  • Conduct research that has an impact on their institution's reputation.


  • Generally have a set schedule each week.
  • May work part time or full time, but most work more than 40 hours a week.
  • May work overtime to meet deadlines.
  • May travel to do on-site research.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.