Careers in Sociology

A sociology major is uniquely suited to help you develop the skills you need for a successful 21st century career. Sociologists study social change, they study diverse communities and their interactions, and they use scientific methods to find empirical answers to complex social questions. Studying sociology can help you foster your creativity, innovation, critical thinking, analytical problem-solving and communication skills. Sociology will challenge you to see the world through the lens of different cultures and communities and give you opportunities to collaborate with others in developing multi-cultural and global understandings. Sociological methods can help you build strong math and science skills. Preparing papers about social problems, and the theories and evidence that can help us solve them, will foster the strong writing and presentation skills you need to succeed. Sociology graduates find jobs in social services and counseling, administrative support and management, education, sales and marketing, and social science research. Below is a list of possible job opportunities:

Social Practice: Counseling, halfway houses, human services, private foundations, vocational services

Criminal Justice: Corrections, law enforcement, judiciary, probation, parole

Education: Teaching, administration, alumni relations, placement offices, research, public and private schools

Government: Public administration, policy analysis, program development, social statistics, urban planning

Business: Human resources, management, market research, public relations, sales

Social Action: Community organizations, lobbying, political advocacy, religious work

For more information on searching for a job with an undergraduate degree in sociology, see this article from the American Sociological Association.