YOUR CAREER AS A
SOCIAL GEOGRAPHER/SOCIAL SCIENTIST

Social scientists or social geographers represent a wide range of approaches and topics, but the common theme is studying how people interact with each other and the environments around them. Their research may include developing questionnaires, interviewing people, interpreting or modelling behaviour, assessing social and cultural changes, or analysing and mapping social statistics.

SNAPSHOT INFO

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Earning Potential

$55,000 – $125,000

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Qualification Required

At least a Masters degree

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Physically Demanding

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Absence from home

Varies with role

QUALIFICATIONS/SKILLS

Generally social scientist researchers will have a minimum of a Masters degree in psychology, sociology, or human geography, and many have a doctorate or experience in social geography or cultural research in an area related to the environment, biodiversity and/or primary industries, especially forestry.

Skills required include:

See the Careers NZ website for more information about science careers in forestry.

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CAREER PROGRESSION

Researchers can move into more senior research positions and management roles, and consultancy. There is also potential for an academic career e.g. at a university. There is often the opportunity to work overseas for varying periods of time.