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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Research & Development in the Social Sciences & Humanities

Overview: the U.S. Research & Development in the Social Sciences & Humanities Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Research & Development in the Social Sciences & Humanities: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Market Size
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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Research & Development in the Social Sciences & Humanities industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Basic And Applied Research In The Physical And Engineering Sciences

Basic And Applied Research In - Earth And Environmental Sciences

Basic And Applied Research In - Other Engineering Sciences, Including Civil, Construction, And Other Engineering

Basic And Applied Research In The Life Sciences (Exclude Biotechnology.)

Basic And Applied Research In - Medical And Health Sciences

Basic And Applied Research In The Social Sciences And Humanities

Basic And Applied Research In - Psychology

Basic And Applied Research In - Education

Basic And Applied Research In - Economics

Basic And Applied Research In - Other Social Sciences And Humanities

All Other Receipts

All Other Operating Receipts

Contributions, Gifts, And Grants - Government

Contributions, Gifts, And Grants - Private

Investment Income, Including Interest And Dividends

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map by state

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Research & Development in the Social Sciences & Humanities company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Research & Development in the Social Sciences & Humanities industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Research & Development in the Social Sciences & Humanities measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 9%

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Chief Executives1%
General and Operations Managers3%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 10%
Business Operations Specialists 8%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 8%
Computer Occupations 7%
Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 38%
Social Scientists and Related Workers 20%
Miscellaneous Social Scientists and Related Workers 10%
Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other 5%
Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians 15%
Social Science Research Assistants 13%
Social Science Research Assistants 13%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 19%
Information and Record Clerks 6%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 7%
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 7%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Research & Development in the Social Sciences & Humanities Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • Behavioral Ideas Lab trademarks "IDEAS42" - Scientific research consulting in the field of behavior that impacts social and economic issues - 02/10/2018
  • Chmura Economics & Analytics trademarks "CHMURA ECONOMICS & ANALYTICS" - Technical consulting services in the field of economic data analysis - 11/28/2017
  • Health Research Associates trademarks "HEALTH RESEARCH ASSOCIATES, INC." - Translation of questionnaires used for clinical outcomes assessment; translation consulting services in the nature of linguistic validation of questionnaires; translatability assessment of questionnaires - 02/11/2014

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Chmura Economics & Analytics
    Health Research Associates

    Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

    Latest Industry News

    • Approaches to assessing impacts in the humanities and social sciences: recommendations from the Canadian research community - Peter Severinson reports on work published by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in Canada that it is hoped will provide guidance to university administrators, public servants, and other members of the research community undertaking the ... (01/12/2018)
    • U of G Social Sciences, Humanities Research Gets $3.4 Million in Federal Support - GUELPH, Ontario, Nov. 18--The University of Guelph issued the following news release: The University of Guelph has received more than $3.4 million from the federal government for social sciences and humanities research ranging from global LGBT and women's ... (11/18/2017)
    • House named head of Rose-Hulman's Humanities, Social Sciences Department - Dynamic professor and English scholar Richard House has been named head of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences ... students to participate in research and professional development in the department ... (06/29/2017)
    • MOE to put in $350 million for social sciences and humanities research over next five years - SINGAPORE - Social sciences and humanities will receive a boost in support, with the Ministry of Education (MOE) setting aside $350 million over the next five years for research in those fields. Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic ... (11/07/2016)
    • MOE sets aside S$350m over next 5 years for social science and humanities research - The amount is a 45 per cent increase from MOE’s spending on social science and humanities research over the last five years ... social mobility or a lifelong approach to human capital development," Mr Tharman said. The SSRC was set up in January to ... (11/07/2016)
    • Benefits of studying humanities and social sciences in the UK - The fact that skills gained by humanities and social science students can be applied to all facets of life makes for extremely rewarding careers. Graduates can be educators, policy makers, international development ... teaching and research in humanities ... (09/22/2016)
    • Hardly the soft sciences - The Social Science Research Council and the ... ended up harnessing the social sciences and humanities to understand how nations and societies dealt with authority, ideologies, politics and power. Hardly the ‘soft sciences’! With the fall of the ... (06/10/2015)
    • New $200,000 Carnegie Fellowships to Aid Researchers in Humanities and Social Science - a new award intended to support research in the beleaguered humanities and social sciences. The Carnegie Corporation of New York, which announces its first class of 32 fellows on Wednesday, will provide grants of up to $200,000 to each recipient. (04/22/2015)
    • Humanities and Social Sciences Are Central to National Goals, Report Argues - and resource development; promoting the study of foreign languages and other cultures; expanding opportunities for study abroad; and developing a "culture corps" to bring social-sciences and humanities knowledge to the public. The report's authors also ... (06/19/2013)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $1,013,241,481 on Research & Development in the Social Sciences & Humanities. It has awarded 2,364 contracts to 532 companies, with an average value of $1,904,589 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

    Segments classified within this market research report

    This industry market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
    Historic and cultural preservation research and development services, Cognitive research and development services, Learning disabilities research and development services, Sociology research and development services, Demographic research and development services, Archeological research and development services, Sociological research and development services, Psychology research and development services, Economic research and development services, Humanities research and development services, Business research and development services, Behavioral research and development services, Social science research and development services, Language research and development services, etc.

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