Sociology in California

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Schools Offering Sociology Programs in California


Each year, approximately 0.7% of California graduates receive degrees in sociology. That means an estimated 5,976 sociologists graduate from California's 105 sociology schools each year.

Top Schools

Stanford University, which is located in Stanford, is the top-ranked school in California that has a sociology program. It received a ranking of 2nd in the country in 2010. In 2010, Stanford University graduated 67 students from its sociology program. Stanford University charged in-state students $40,172 in tuition fees per year.

The second-ranked school in California with a sociology program is University of California-Berkeley, which is located in Berkeley. In 2010, it was ranked 5th nationwide. In 2010, University of California-Berkeley graduated 213 students from its sociology program. Students at University of California-Berkeley paid $10,940 per year in tuition fees.

University of California-Los Angeles, which was ranked 5th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in California that has a sociology program. It is located in Los Angeles. 517 students graduated with degree in sociology from University of California-Los Angeles in 2010. Tuition at University of California-Los Angeles was $10,781 per year.

Cost

Sociology schools in California, charge students an average tuition of $12,271 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $41,130 per year, or as little as $625 per year. In 2010, the following California sociology schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Pitzer College - located in Claremont, students are charged $41,130 per year
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $41,022 per year
  3. Occidental College - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $40,939 per year

The lowest tuition rates at California sociology schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Copper Mountain Community College - located in Joshua Tree, students are charged $625 per year
  2. Sacramento City College - located in Sacramento, students are charged $644 per year
  3. Crafton Hills College - located in Yucaipa, students are charged $651 per year

A sociology degree from a California school... what next?

Most people who graduate from sociology school in California go on to work as a sociologist. California had 1,040 sociologists in 2010. The following counties have the largest number of California sociologists:

  1. Marin County - 180 sociologists
  2. Alameda County - 110 sociologists
  3. El Dorado County - 70 sociologists

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of sociologists in the state of California will grow to 1,600. This would require a 23% growth in the profession.

Salary

A sociologist in California makes an average of $82,510 per year. In 2010, however, some California sociologists earned as little as less than $45,100 per year or as much as more than $130,450 per year. On average a sociologist earns the most in the following California counties:

  1. Alameda County - $87,400 per year
  2. Marin County - $76,380 per year
  3. El Dorado County - $75,180 per year

On average, sociologists earns the least in the following California counties:

  1. Los Angeles County - $72,400 per year
  2. El Dorado County - $75,180 per year
  3. Marin County - $76,380 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in sociology in California and to compare salaries with various related fields such as forensic psychology or school psychology, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Sociology in California
  • Bachelor's Degree in Sociology in California
  • Master's Degree in Sociology in California
  • Doctoral Degree in Sociology in California
  • Certificate in Sociology in California

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,832 miles from location University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 95.2658 37% 38,550
7,805 miles from location California State University-Fullerton Fullerton CA 36.6289 24% 36,262
7,948 miles from location University of California-Berkeley Berkeley CA 95.3529 41% 35,830
7,820 miles from location California State University-Long Beach Long Beach CA 40.6226 23% 35,557
7,833 miles from location California State University-Northridge Northridge CA 31.9561 27% 35,198
7,825 miles from location University of Southern California Los Angeles CA 92.8981 33% 34,824
7,962 miles from location City College of San Francisco San Francisco CA 19.5231 n/a 32,950
7,781 miles from location San Diego State University San Diego CA 44.1756 28% 32,817
7,943 miles from location San Jose State University San Jose CA 32.9649 23% 31,280
7,906 miles from location University of California-Davis Davis CA 84.1357 23% 31,247
7,808 miles from location Santa Ana College Santa Ana CA 15.7905 n/a 31,073
7,963 miles from location San Francisco State University San Francisco CA 33.6948 18% 30,469
7,889 miles from location California State University-Sacramento Sacramento CA 30.4004 22% 29,241
7,789 miles from location University of California-San Diego La Jolla CA 87.7434 23% 28,418
7,830 miles from location El Camino Community College District Torrance CA 15.8275 n/a 27,237
7,893 miles from location Sacramento City College Sacramento CA 14.8295 n/a 27,171
7,807 miles from location University of California-Irvine Irvine CA 83.2303 22% 27,142
7,848 miles from location Fresno City College Fresno CA 13.5394 n/a 25,511
7,811 miles from location Orange Coast College Costa Mesa CA 19.3061 n/a 25,316
7,800 miles from location Saddleback College Mission Viejo CA 19.6994 n/a 23,260
7,786 miles from location San Diego Mesa College San Diego CA 15.0493 n/a 23,211
7,902 miles from location University of California-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara CA 83.0456 19% 22,850
7,807 miles from location Fullerton College Fullerton CA 17.0593 n/a 22,469
7,798 miles from location California State Polytechnic University-Pomona Pomona CA 34.13 20% 22,273
7,817 miles from location Cerritos College Norwalk CA 14.3203 n/a 21,776
7,779 miles from location Southwestern College Chula Vista CA 16.965 n/a 21,597
7,832 miles from location College of the Canyons Valencia CA 15.1196 n/a 21,575
7,844 miles from location California State University-Fresno Fresno CA 30.8192 28% 21,500
7,783 miles from location Chaffey College Alta Loma CA 13.8744 n/a 21,399
7,817 miles from location California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 25.7976 14% 20,619
7,829 miles from location Los Angeles Valley College Van Nuys CA 13.476 n/a 19,951
7,894 miles from location Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara CA 18.7886 n/a 19,753
7,773 miles from location University of California-Riverside Riverside CA 70.7777 17% 19,384
7,955 miles from location Stanford University Stanford CA 97.5644 70% 18,498
7,833 miles from location Bakersfield College Bakersfield CA 15.0744 n/a 18,402
7,954 miles from location Foothill College Los Altos CA 21.5152 n/a 18,293
7,787 miles from location San Diego City College San Diego CA 12.0991 n/a 18,074
7,769 miles from location California State University-San Bernardino San Bernardino CA 32.7408 77% 17,852
7,881 miles from location California State University-Chico Chico CA 33.2335 21% 16,934
7,960 miles from location University of California-Santa Cruz Santa Cruz CA 75.3023 20% 16,775
7,953 miles from location Cabrillo College Aptos CA 17.7158 n/a 15,974
7,788 miles from location National University La Jolla CA 19.5062 n/a 15,553
7,814 miles from location Cypress College Cypress CA 15.6296 n/a 15,439
7,943 miles from location California State University-East Bay Hayward CA 27.6856 24% 14,749
7,826 miles from location California State University-Dominguez Hills Carson CA 23.8657 17% 14,477
7,786 miles from location MiraCosta College Oceanside CA 17.1854 n/a 13,537
7,803 miles from location Irvine Valley College Irvine CA 16.7265 n/a 13,294
7,951 miles from location West Valley College Saratoga CA 18.357 n/a 12,893
7,800 miles from location Santiago Canyon College Orange CA 15.409 n/a 12,698
7,932 miles from location Solano Community College Fairfield CA 15.9371 n/a 12,222
7,928 miles from location Cuesta College San Luis Obispo CA 15.736 n/a 12,025
7,831 miles from location West Los Angeles College Culver City CA 11.1589 n/a 11,866
7,811 miles from location Coastline Community College Fountain Valley CA 12.9344 n/a 11,231
7,946 miles from location Mission College Santa Clara CA 14.2259 n/a 10,954
7,826 miles from location Los Angeles Mission College Sylmar CA 11.514 n/a 10,792
7,925 miles from location Los Medanos College Pittsburg CA 11.077 n/a 10,773
7,725 miles from location College of the Desert Palm Desert CA 11.9919 n/a 10,193
7,779 miles from location California State University-San Marcos San Marcos CA 26.879 22% 9,767
7,961 miles from location Monterey Peninsula College Monterey CA 13.0473 n/a 9,578
7,833 miles from location Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles CA 37.1994 25% 9,015
7,961 miles from location University of San Francisco San Francisco CA 67.6144 18% 9,008
7,945 miles from location Santa Clara University Santa Clara CA 38.3571 21% 8,846
7,869 miles from location Oxnard College Oxnard CA 16.1276 n/a 8,642
7,885 miles from location California State University-Stanislaus Turlock CA 28.3802 31% 8,586
7,957 miles from location Sonoma State University Rohnert Park CA 28.8195 17% 8,546
7,801 miles from location Azusa Pacific University Azusa CA 31.8299 39% 8,539
7,950 miles from location Contra Costa College San Pablo CA 14.0254 n/a 8,316
7,842 miles from location California State University-Bakersfield Bakersfield CA 24.2017 30% 8,003
7,959 miles from location Humboldt State University Arcata CA 24.97 16% 7,954
7,788 miles from location University of San Diego San Diego CA 71.6614 20% 7,868
7,827 miles from location Los Angeles Southwest College Los Angeles CA 8.49681 n/a 7,866
7,847 miles from location Pepperdine University Malibu CA 75.691 33% 7,733
7,795 miles from location University of La Verne La Verne CA 61.7321 31% 7,482
7,952 miles from location College of Alameda Alameda CA 9.52118 n/a 7,302
7,959 miles from location Canada College Redwood City CA 12.0827 n/a 7,280
7,823 miles from location El Camino College-Compton Center Compton CA 6.2099 n/a 6,691
7,897 miles from location University of the Pacific Stockton CA 67.1147 14% 6,401
7,805 miles from location Chapman University Orange CA 72.3395 30% 6,398
7,805 miles from location Brandman University, Part of the Chapman University System Irvine CA 1.84539 n/a 6,386
7,759 miles from location Crafton Hills College Yucaipa CA 12.6601 n/a 6,380
7,812 miles from location Biola University La Mirada CA 78.7586 52% 5,942
7,762 miles from location University of Redlands Redlands CA 30.6584 25% 4,431
7,781 miles from location Alliant International University San Diego CA 10.6961 n/a 4,157
7,779 miles from location California Baptist University Riverside CA 59.9314 45% 4,103
7,863 miles from location California State University-Channel Islands Camarillo CA 27.4967 20% 3,862
7,853 miles from location California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks CA 62.6312 20% 3,714
7,942 miles from location Saint Marys College of California Moraga CA 28.2064 22% 3,636
7,792 miles from location Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego CA 32.8387 29% 3,487
7,807 miles from location Lake Tahoe Community College South Lake Tahoe CA 18.5751 n/a 3,206
7,961 miles from location University of California-San Francisco San Francisco CA 0.372803 n/a 3,119
7,845 miles from location Fresno Pacific University Fresno CA 63.0214 69% 2,668
7,834 miles from location Mount St. Mary's College Los Angeles CA 33.5301 42% 2,482
7,811 miles from location Whittier College Whittier CA 60.8562 22% 2,093
7,708 miles from location Copper Mountain Community College Joshua Tree CA 9.13844 n/a 2,044
7,818 miles from location Occidental College Los Angeles CA 76.4709 22% 1,989
7,810 miles from location Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa CA 26.3513 43% 1,923
7,783 miles from location La Sierra University Riverside CA 20.5713 46% 1,857
7,959 miles from location Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont CA 54.6996 15% 1,613
7,789 miles from location Pomona College Claremont CA 87.3602 39% 1,550
7,947 miles from location Mills College Oakland CA 63.7326 19% 1,501
7,891 miles from location Westmont College Santa Barbara CA 70.5735 22% 1,308
7,791 miles from location Claremont McKenna College Claremont CA 82.5794 40% 1,238
7,947 miles from location Holy Names University Oakland CA 47.5013 37% 1,135
7,791 miles from location Pitzer College Claremont CA 36.8119 31% 1,043
7,791 miles from location Scripps College Claremont CA 78.6357 30% 921
 

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
1
Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary + 1,310 $94,980 -6.4%
2
Sociologists + 1,040 $82,510 55.2%
 

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