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Career Opportunities with a Major in Sociology

Sociology programs provide information on theory, research methods, and conditions concerning the study of society, social institutions and social relationships. Most programs study how traditional, transitional and modern societies are organized. Also studied are interaction patterns of individuals, groups, and organizations. Emphasis on theory requires the ability to understand abstract material dealing not only with current social issues but also with fundamental processes of social organization and change. Sociology programs also require mastering a variety of research skills such as statistics, interviewing and participant observation. Sociology is a valuable preparation for careers in modern organizational settings. Although few occupations include sociologist in their title at the bachelor's level, sociology is excellent preparation for a wide variety of occupations. Students should look for entry-level positions, gain experience through internships, or watch for opportunities for specialized training or advanced education. Sociology majors may pursue careers which study contemporary social processes, organizations and problems.

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Skills Related to Sociology

  • Ability to read and write articulately and analytically
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Proficient in interpersonal communication
  • Thorough knowledge of community resources
  • Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations
  • Ability to conduct and clearly explain sociological research
  • Ability to interact effectively with people of different backgrounds in various situations
  • Ability to analyze relationships between factors
  • Ability to accept responsibility and give direction to others
  • Ability to visualize how things fit together to form a whole
  • Ability to analyze data and find new ways of doing things

Potential Careers in Sociology

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a Sociology major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Sociology majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.


Anthropologist Case Worker City Manager
Consultant Counselor Criminologist
Demographer Economist Foreign Service Worker
Gerontologist Government Administrators Hospital Administrator
Human Services Worker Labor Relations Specialist Lawyer
Mental Health Counselor Minister Parole Officer
Personnel Manager Political Consultant Population Analyst
Probation Officer Public Relations Worker Social Worker
Sociologist Urban Planner Writer
Youth Service Worker Social and Human Service Assistants Sociocultural Anthropologist

Employers in Sociology

  • Adoption/Child Care Agencies
  • Civil Rights Agencies
  • Clinics/Hospitals
  • College/Universities
  • Community Organizations
  • Courts/Correctional Institutions
  • Government Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Labor Unions
  • Medical Schools
  • Personnel Departments
  • Religious Organizations
  • Research Firms
  • Retirement Agencies
  • Schools
  • Social Service Agencies
  • United Nations/Peace Corps
  • Veteran's Administration
  • Youth Organizations

Web Sites Related to Sociology

Professional Organizations in this Field

The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.

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