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Demographer Job Description, Career as a Demographer, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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Education and Training: Master's or doctoral degree

Salary: Average—$53,160 per year

Employment Outlook: Good

Definition and Nature of the Work

Demographers study the makeup, distribution, and trends of populations. They also make observations about the causes and effects of population changes, such as increases in birth rates or immigration. Demographers collect statistical data, analyze the data to identify any trends, and then predict future trends. These predictions can help governments, social service agencies, and private companies to plan ahead. Demographers are sometimes called population sociologists. Sociology is a broader field than demography and is concerned with the characteristics of social groups.

Many demographers work for government agencies. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics hires demographers to research information such as the number Government agencies, corporations, and news organizations hire demographers to collect statistical data, analyze data, and predict future trends. This demographer is presenting her findings. (© Martha Tabor/Working Images Photographs. Reproduced by permission.) of women working in a certain industry or the effects that a college education has on employment in a particular field. The Immigration and Naturalization Service needs demographic information to plan effective immigration policies. The Environmental Protection Agency commissions demographic reports on population factors in resource depletion and environmental degradation. The Bureau of the Census also employs demographers to plan and interpret census data.

Corporations and market research organizations may also employ demographers. An electric company considering a major capital investment must first take into account predicted changes in local population and habits of electricity consumption. Demographers provide these projections.

Mapmakers sometimes employ demographers to map population data for certain geographic areas. Demographers use computers for this task. Large news organizations may employ reporters with a background in demography. These reporters may investigate such issues as the future of immigration to the Sun Belt states.

Education and Training Requirements

Although a master's degree is the minimum requirement for most demographic work, there are a few positions available for those with only a bachelor's degree. Demographers usually have a bachelor's degree in urban planning or sociology with coursework in statistics, psychology, sociological theory, and economics as a foundation before they do their graduate studies. A master's degree requires about two years of graduate study. For an academic or research position in this field, a doctoral degree is required.

Getting the Job

During their doctoral studies, students may find work as college instructors or interviewers for market research organizations. These jobs provide field experience as well as job contacts. Population associations hold annual conferences where beginning demographers can meet potential employers. These organizations also publish journals with job advertisements.

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

College professors can advance to full professor or to a position with high administrative status. Those demographers who have good connections and reputations can set themselves up as demographic consultants.

Employment of sociologists in general will grow more slowly than the average for all occupations through 2014. However, opportunities exist for demographers, particularly in government. The Census Bureau employs demographers, as do many government agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, that conduct surveys. Demographers are also employed by colleges and universities and by non-profit organizations. Some jobs will be available in business and marketing. Businesses have begun to rely on statistical population information to make decisions about expanding or downsizing. Consumer products and professional services companies often employ demographers in their marketing departments.

Working Conditions

Entry-level demographers may conduct field work, carrying out interviews or testing census questionnaires. Most of the analysis of demographic statistics is carried out in modern, well-lighted offices. Many demographers spend a lot of time working with computers.

Where to Go for More Information

Population Association of America
8630 Fenton St., Ste. 722
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3812
(301) 565-6710
http://www.popassoc.org

American Sociological Association
1307 New York Ave. NW, Ste. 700
Washington, DC 20005-4712
(202) 383-9005
http://www.asanet.org

Earnings and Benefits

In 2005 the average salary for demographers was $53,160 per year. Those employed in business and industry tend to earn more than their counterparts working for government or universities. Most colleges and government agencies offer benefits covering health insurance, paid vacations, and retirement plans. Self-employed demographic consultants must provide these benefits for themselves.

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over 5 years ago

I recieved my master's degree in May 2005. I became interested in demography while completing my thesis. Before then, I did not know about demography. I enjoyed reporting the findings about the populations studied. I would like more information about obtaining a job in my area of Greensboro/Guilford County, North Carolina. I was also a Census enumerator 1990, 2000 and 2010. Perhaps you can lead me to opportunities.

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about 6 years ago

i want to do post graduate in demogarphy at makerere university-uganda

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about 6 years ago

i want to do post graduate in demogarphy at makerere university-uganda

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over 8 years ago

this article helped me so much! i am doing an occupation presentation and this is exactly what i am looking for THANKS!!!!!

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over 8 years ago

I am a graduate from the University of Zambia with a major in Demography.I am glad to learn more about my field of work showing how wider it is.Thanks!

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almost 5 years ago

I have passed M.A, M<.Phil, Ph.D in the discipline of Population studies, So I want a job that field related job in India. Please guide to me, How to get job.

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almost 3 years ago

Kindly give me in detailed the duties and responsibilities of BA Degree holder

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over 5 years ago

I recieved my doctoral degree in demography in 2010. I got enough experience on Techniques demography to apply them for any kind of research on health, medical and social subjects.I would like to know more information about obtaining a job in these area of demography in all over the world. might be useful sending this request here and perhaps you can help me to reach a job.

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over 5 years ago

Well, as for me I am a Junior student studying Demography at the University of Liberia. I am glad to hear about my field of study.

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over 6 years ago

iam first year student studing popualation and how it changes in the course of time, i really enjoys to be part of upcoming population sociologist. iam from south africa north wast university (mafikeng campus)









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over 2 years ago

I have a degree in Population Studies and Environmental Science(Human Geography).I graduated in 2006 and have been working as a Registration Officer for the department of Civil and National Registration(registration of births,deaths,marriages etc) for 7 years.I did Population Studies for the love of it but I now feel my current job is not fulfilling my expectations hence wants to divert where I can fully practice as a population sociologist.

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over 4 years ago

Well, am a third year demography student at the University of Zambia. May i be quick to submit that am happy to hear more about my filed of study and especially how to find a job out there. To those who have already completed their undergraduate studies,congrats and always do remember that you inspire us alot and so all the best in your life endervors. "In the beginning was a demographer-God Himself" so dont worry to much about finding a job.

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over 3 years ago

Well am so delighted to learn more about my field of study and the Trends it comes with it. looking forward to becoming one.
I am a Second year Student from The University of Zambia Majoring in Demography. Big ups Demographers.

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almost 5 years ago

this publication has enlighted my understanding on demography as third year would be student in demography. am currrently studying at the universty of zambia and i would like to know more about finding a job in preparations for my future.

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over 6 years ago

Am so glad to know who i will be in the future, am a student @ Annamalai University (south India) and i do like being a demographer as my career ,and i hope to find a gd paid Job in my future as am in my masters degree now,,,,to u all Dont give up

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over 6 years ago

I am a demography student at Faculty of Geography, University of Belgrade in Serbia... i would like to hear some experiencies about finding a job, and also intrested in finding job in EU countries. Plan to do master degree in Demography studies.
greet to all demographers
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over 8 years ago

Certainly for sure, i'm not regretting for being a demographer and statistician. i finished from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. Worth a privilege to study demography and statistics in the next degree.

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almost 5 years ago

I am taking an education corse in one of the public uiversities in Kenya. I have majored on Business Studies and Geography as my two teaching subjeects. In addition, I undertook Kenyas censors exercise of 2009 as a clerk. I found the job interesting for me. That is why am taking this initiative to ask you to guide me if I can take masters on Demography and Population Studies. Plese help me.

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almost 5 years ago

I am taking an education corse in one of the public uiversities in Kenya. I have majored on Business Studies and Geography as my two teaching subjeects. In addition, I undertook Kenyas censors exercise of 2009 as a clerk. I found the job interesting for me. That is why am taking this initiative to ask you to guide me if I can take masters on Demography and Population Studies. Plese help me.

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almost 5 years ago

I am taking an education corse in one of the public uiversities in Kenya. I have majored on Business Studies and Geography as my two teaching subjeects. In addition, I undertook Kenyas censors exercise of 2009 as a clerk. I found the job interesting for me. That is why am taking this initiative to ask you to guide me if I can take masters on Demography and Population Studies. Plese help me.

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almost 6 years ago

am a graduate from a polytechnic in nigeria,with these enlightment i now know more about demograhy and am convices that demograhy is where i want to major on in the future.thanks very much

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over 6 years ago

i am a postgraduate student in medical demography, university of ibadan, nigeria. thanks for broadening my view about demography

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over 4 years ago

Well, am a third year demography student at the University of Zambia. May i be quick to submit that am happy to hear more about my filed of study and especially how to find a job out there. To those who have already completed their undergraduate studies,congrats and always do remember that you inspire us alot and so all the best in your life endervors. "In the beginning was a demographer-God Himself" so dont worry to much about finding a job.

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over 8 years ago

Am currently a third year student of demography at MAKERERE UNIVERSITY-Uganda. i highly commend your efforts to inform me about what takes place in the field of demography, because this act as a background to shape my career and it keeps my dream live . keep on God will reward you. we shall meet one time in life.thx

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over 1 year ago

I

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almost 4 years ago

pls i just graduated as a demographer from joseph ayo babalola university, osun state,nigeria. i am really interested in securing a job as a field researcher/worker in order to broaden my knowledge as a researcher.

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about 4 years ago

generally demography is a course to whisper the world with joy there fore don't be consent of the ideas brought but why does any country be interested in demographic characteristic of the population it has?

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about 4 years ago

I had passed M.A population studies And also qualified net exam.i want a suitable job in india or manipur

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over 4 years ago

I am a student in Nigeria (J.A.B.U), I just want to more about Demography as course & what are the thing it can use for.

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over 4 years ago

i m from Nepal and completed masters degree in population studies (demography)and bachelor in Economics and English.now i have involving in teaching and supervior of research activities of students for the fulfillment of project works.So it is good news for me because i want to involve in demographic activities in anywhere in my coming days.

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over 4 years ago

A qualified demographer in South Africa. Please assist me with the job anywher and even abroad.

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almost 5 years ago

I am taking an education corse in one of the public uiversities in Kenya. I have majored on Business Studies and Geography as my two teaching subjeects. In addition, I undertook Kenyas censors exercise of 2009 as a clerk. I found the job interesting for me. That is why am taking this initiative to ask you to guide me if I can take masters on Demography and Population Studies. Plese help me.

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almost 5 years ago

I am taking an education corse in one of the public uiversities in Kenya. I have majored on Business Studies and Geography as my two teaching subjeects. In addition, I undertook Kenyas censors exercise of 2009 as a clerk. I found the job interesting for me. That is why am taking this initiative to ask you to guide me if I can take masters on Demography and Population Studies. Plese help me.

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almost 5 years ago

I am taking an education corse in one of the public uiversities in Kenya. I have majored on Business Studies and Geography as my two teaching subjeects. In addition, I undertook Kenyas censors exercise of 2009 as a clerk. I found the job interesting for me. That is why am taking this initiative to ask you to guide me if I can take masters on Demography and Population Studies. Plese help me.

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almost 5 years ago

I am taking an education corse in one of the public uiversities in Kenya. I have majored on Business Studies and Geography as my two teaching subjeects. In addition, I undertook Kenyas censors exercise of 2009 as a clerk. I found the job interesting for me. That is why am taking this initiative to ask you to guide me if I can take masters on Demography and Population Studies. Plese help me.

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almost 5 years ago

I am taking an education corse in one of the public uiversities in Kenya. I have majored on Business Studies and Geography as my two teaching subjeects. In addition, I undertook Kenyas censors exercise of 2009 as a clerk. I found the job interesting for me. That is why am taking this initiative to ask you to guide me if I can take masters on Demography and Population Studies. Plese help me.

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almost 5 years ago

I am taking an education corse in one of the public uiversities in Kenya. I have majored on Business Studies and Geography as my two teaching subjeects. In addition, I undertook Kenyas censors exercise of 2009 as a clerk. I found the job interesting for me. That is why am taking this initiative to ask you to guide me if I can take masters on Demography and Population Studies. Plese help me.

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over 5 years ago

I am a second year student at the University of Namibia,doing Applied Statistics.Im glade to view my self in future...hoping,no matter what,will study Medical Demography. Big "five" to all Demographers and upcomings.Thanks!

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3 months ago

hello i am a an aspirant of federal university of Oye Ekiti.NIGERIA looking forward to study demography and social statistic i am grateful to know more about this course so glad i found myself here . i have tom pursue my career now i pray i found a better job in future anywhere in the world (i don't care) THANK YOU so much for this great opportunity blessings

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about 1 month ago

Although in the first instance when I was given this course I was not aware of it's benefit but now I am proud to be in Demography and Social Statistic department Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife Nigeria. I have new understanding of it everyday.
It makes lecturer in other department in my faculty to envy my lecturers because they travel a lot back up with cool cash.

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6 months ago

am pursuing a degree in demography and looking to interact with my fellow demographers.this is encouraging

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7 months ago

i did bachelors of science in population studies and am a graduate from makerere university, kampala, p.o box 7062. i wish to work from geneva. guide me please. thanks.

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7 months ago

I found the salary is diffierent,
some are about 85000

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over 1 year ago

I have passed M.Sc, M

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over 1 year ago

I am Master candidate in Demography and Populations Studies with Great Zimbabwe University part 1. Intended to be employed in any field related to demography and disaster management and refugees.