Most social scientists have regular hours. They generally work in offices, both alone and in collaboration with other social scientists, reading and writing research reports. Many work as an integral part of a research team. They often face deadlines and tight schedules, and sometimes they must work overtime, for which they generally are not reimbursed.
Travel may be necessary to collect information or attend meetings, and those working on foreign assignments must adjust to unfamiliar cultures and climates.
Some social scientists do fieldwork. For example, anthropologists, archaeologists, and geographers often must travel to
remote areas, live among the people they study, and stay for long periods at the site of their investigations. They may work under primitive conditions, and their work may involve strenuous physical exertion.
Those employed by colleges and universities usually have flexible work schedules, often dividing their time among teaching, research, consulting, or administrative responsibilities.