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7 Booming Federal Career Fields

7 Booming Federal Career Fields

Currin Berdine | Editor

Social Science, & Legal

Social science and legal fields have not been faltered by the economy like many sectors have, especially within the Federal Government. About 41 percent of Social Science workers are employed by governments. Legalities will always be a top priority when dealing with legislation and regulations, and therefore those familiar with law are crucial.

The major social science occupations covered in this statement are anthropologists, archaeologists, geographers, historians, political scientists, and sociologists. Many of these workers are employed by educational institutions.

While lawyers assume ultimate responsibility for legal work, they often delegate many of their tasks to paralegals. In fact, paralegals—also called legal assistants—are continuing to assume a growing range of tasks in legal offices and perform many of the same tasks as lawyers. Nevertheless, they are explicitly prohibited from carrying out duties considered to be the practice of law, such as setting legal fees, giving legal advice, and presenting cases in court.

Jobs: Paralegal, Legal Secretary, Attorney, Attorney, Sociologist, Political Science, Historian,

Median Annual Salary

The average salary for Federally employed paralegals is $56,080.

In the Federal Government, social scientists with a bachelor’s degree and no experience often started at a yearly salary of $28,862 or $35,572 in 2007, depending on their college records. Those with a master’s degree could start at $43,731, and those with a Ph.D. degree could begin at $52,912, while some individuals with experience and an advanced degree could start at $63,417.

Federal employees who advanced to the GS-11 level earned salaries of between $56,487 – $73,607 (additional degree may be required).

Educational Requirements

An associate’s or bachelor’s degree provides a suitable background for many different kinds of entry-level jobs in related occupations, such as research assistant, writer, management trainee, or market analyst. Graduates with master’s degrees in applied specialties usually are qualified for positions outside of colleges and universities, although requirements vary by field. A Ph.D. degree may be required for higher-level positions.

Career Tips

• About 41 percent of Social Science workers are employed by governments.

• Employment of Anthropologists and archeologists is projected to increase 15% by 2009.

• Employment of Sociologist is projected to increase 10% by 2009.

• Judges typically have the highest salary of all legal careers in government.

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