Social and humanities scientists
Average Annual Pay
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Average Weekly Hours
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Social and humanities scientists study and analyse human behaviour and the origin, structure and characteristics of language; undertake research in areas such as sociology, economics, politics, archaeology, history, philosophy, literature, the arts; organise the collection of qualitative and quantitative information, and perform subsequent analyses.
QualificationsEntry is most common with a degree or equivalent qualification but is possible with other academic qualifications and/or relevant experience. Postgraduate qualifications may be required for some jobs.
- studies society and the manner in which people behave and impact upon the world;
- undertakes research across the humanities that furthers understanding of human culture and creativity;
- traces the evolution of word and language forms, compares grammatical structures and analyses the relationships between ancient, parent and modern languages;
- identifies, compiles and analyses economic, demographic, legal, political, social and other data to address research objectives;
- administers questionnaires, carries out interviews, organises focus groups and implements other social research tools;
- undertakes analyses of data, presents results of research to sponsors, the media and other interested organisations;
- addresses conferences and publishes articles detailing the methodology and results of research undertaken.
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