Sociology : Careers

Career Information and Further Study

A background in sociology is valuable preparation for careers in almost any modern organizational setting. Graduates apply their knowledge and skills across a wide variety of occupations and professions including recreation, law enforcement, and human services. They are also prepared for graduate and professional school programs in areas such as law, public policy, business, social work, or psychology.

Skills gained in this program include:

Research: Research methods, research theory, statistics, evaluating evidence, and examining electronic data sources
Critical Thinking: Ability to think conceptually, and understanding components of complex problems
Communication: Writing, teaching, speaking to groups, presenting research findings, and reading critically
Human Relations: Understanding human relationships and diversity, identifying cultural/social considerations, crisis intervention, and counseling

Additional Transferable Skills: Managing, promoting, selling, analyzing, interpreting, editing, advising, organizing, problem solving, conflict resolution, and detail orientation

Career Choices
  • Advertising
  • Banker
  • Career counselor
  • Caseworker
  • City manager
  • Community organizer
  • Consultant
  • Criminologist
  • Demography education
  • Editor
  • Environmental researcher
  • Financial services
  • Government services
  • Human resources
  • Lawyer
  • Market researcher
  • Mediator
  • Peace Corps volunteer
  • Policy analyst
  • Professor
  • Public health educator
  • Research analyst or scientist
  • Social worker
  • Statistician
  • Survey researcher
  • Training and development
  • Urban development

Recent graduates in Sociology have found employment in the following fields:
  • Business
  • Education
  • Law enforcement
  • Social services

Work settings include:
  • Colleges/universities
  • Corporations/businesses
  • K-12 schools
  • Law firms
  • Non-profit/community service organizations
  • Publishing firms
  • US and state governments

Career Hints

Employers are looking for experience and development of skills from that experience. Internships, part-time jobs, and volunteer activities in areas related to a student's career goals offer excellent methods of gaining experience and developing skills.
Students should:
  • Participate in leadership roles in extracurricular activities
  • Take electives relating to their career goals
  • Participate in a directed research project through the department
  • Volunteer at places of career interest

Salary Information

Salaries vary considerably from one occupation, position, and work setting to another. In today's information age, however, sociology graduates possess marketable skills which are in high demand by employers.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:15 EST