Jobs for social scientists

Here is an interesting news story that I picked up from a social networking listserv and cross-posted to anthrodesign:

In a recent report, “Social Science Meets Technology in Next-Generation Jobs,” Gartner Vice President Kathy Harris says that many social sciences roles will be needed to work with corporations in helping to better understand the Web behavior of customers, online communities, personal brands and the spectrum of social networking communication.

Harris discusses in some detail four areas of jobs needed in the near future. She says that most companies aren’t really geared toward taking advantage of the impact of online communities, and that it won’t be long before the numbers will be too large to ignore, regardless of the business you are in.

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