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Careers for Social Studies MA Program Graduates

Common job titles

  • College professor
  • Elementary, middle and high school principal or teacher
  • Librarian
  • School and career counselor
  • Special education teacher

Job outlook data

High school teachers held around 962,000 jobs in 2014, the last year for which data are available. Employment is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024.

While employment growth in the field will vary by region (opportunities will be greater in rural and urban school districts), overall growth will be influenced by larger class sizes and school enrollment rate. From 2014 to 2024, the average classroom size is expected to increase, meaning that each teacher is responsible for more students. Because a significant number of older teachers will reach retirement age over the next decade, new teachers will have access to many job openings.

A greater number of people looking to obtain a college or higher education degree will also create additional jobs for social studies teachers.

Where can I work with this major?

Employers of Social Studies degree holders include:

  • Elementary, middle and high schools
  • Colleges, universities and professional schools
  • Technical and trade schools


» Get information about Adelphi’s Social Studies MA Degree Program

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook HandbookHigh School Teachers.

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