Careers in Sociology
What you can do with
a sociology degree? Graduates with a sociology degree can choose to pursue a variety of
careers in sociology. Degree in sociology provides you with a useful background for some
specific job career in sociology. Fields such as criminal justice, human services, or
personnel and industrial relations provide career options for sociology majors in a
variety of career capacities.
options include, Anthropologist, Professor, Public Relations Specialist,
Corrections Professional, Criminologist, Human Rights Officer, Human
Services Professional, Law Enforcement
Officer, Counselor, Statistician, Teacher, Warden.
programs for a career in sociology are designed for students interested in
understanding global and local human society. Includes courses
designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in sociology in non-profit,
government and business organizations. Sociology and applied sociology provide students
with solid foundations for professional and graduate studies. Sociology Careers may
require additional education or experience.
holders have a very flexible skill set. Sociology graduates go on to work in many diverse
fields with great sociology career options. Sociologists
are employed as researchers and consultants by organizations and government agencies at
federal, state and local levels.
Great Career/Jobs for
Sociology Majors, 2nd Ed. - by Stephen Lambert
developed with a Sociology Degree
skills (survey construction, participant observations, content
(e.g., statistics, unitization).
Focus on behavior in groups (e.g., formal organizations, families,
communities) and the impact of diversity in groups.
how people function as/in groups (team dynamics, leadership)
of context in which decisions are made (political, social, economic).
Earlier, there were limited career opportunities in sociology. Sociologist who become
researchers and consultants may be involved in such areas as community
development, urban planning, criminological research, planning social welfare programs,
and various aspects of program evaluation. Sociology provides many distinctive ways of
looking at the world so as to generate new ideas and assess the old.
Sociological Association's Careers in Sociology - What can I do with a degree in
sociology? The new edition of the American Sociological Association's Careers in
Sociology. Careers in Sociology reflects the collaboration of a number of sociologists.
Get on the right path now for a satisfying and rewarding career in sociology by learning
to match your skills and interests with exciting employment opportunities.
Great Jobs for Sociology Majors will help you:
- Assess your strengths and interests
- Choose the ideal location
- Establish your standard of living
- Explore unusual career paths
- Identify the best employers
- Set a strategy for getting the job you want
Answers the question, "What can I do with a major in
Students can explore their career options within their field of study using the Great Jobs
series as their guide.
Careers in Sociology - W. Richard Stephens, Jr.
The book presents a series of biographies, "Character Profiles," which serve as
a template for career development on the basis of a degree in sociology.
CAREER-ORIENTED FOCUS AREAS WITHIN THE SOCIOLOGY
MAJOR AT ASU
From the booklet "The Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Employment
Opportunities" prepared by Dr. Laner. This booklet is available in the Department of
Midwest Sociological Society -
Opportunities, grants, conferences, honors and awards.
Using Sociology in the Workplace
David Francis, Senior Manager of Strategy and Research, The Toro Co.
Other Sources of Information - Career
Information Center. Public & Community Services. Mission Hills, CA: Glencoe/Macmillan.
Careers in Sociology (pamphlet). American Sociological Association, Washington, 1995.
Damp, Dennis V. Health Care Job Explosion. Corapolis, PA: D-Amp Publications, 1993.
Eberts, Marjorie & Gisler, Margaret. Careers for Good Samaritans and Other
Humanitarian Types. VGM Career Series.
Garner, Geraldine O. Careers in Social & Rehabilitation Services. VGM Career Series,
Nadler, Burton J. Liberal Arts Jobs. Princeton, NJ: Peterson's Guides, 1986.
Snelling, Robert O. & Snelling, Anne M. Jobs! New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.
Careers in Education and Teaching
A major in Sociology is sound preparation for teaching in either elementary or secondary
school. To teach at either level, students must complete the teaching credential program
in the School of Education. Students may be admitted to the credential program beginning
with the first quarter of their junior year and at anytime thereafter. Students are urged
to see an advisor in the School of Education as early in their educational program as
Careers Working for Social Change
Some students are critical of social arrangements in America and would like to see them
altered. Sociology can help them to acquire the tools to develop a critical analysis and
understanding of problems in American society. In turn, such an understanding may be
applied to certain careers such as community organizing, legal aid to the poor, working
with the media, and some branches of research.
Legal Career with Sociology Major
Students who are interested in building a career in law will benefit from a cooperative
major in Sociology and the Law and Society Program, or simply a major in Sociology.
Race and Ethnic Relations
There are a growing number of positions for persons who wish to build careers in
developing better relations among diverse race and ethnic groups. They need to understand
the roots of social conflict and be skilled in dealing with racial and ethnic issues.
Social Welfare - Sociological Research
The UCR Sociology faculty is especially strong in research methods, and can
prepare you for a job collecting and analyzing social data for government or academic
research. Competence in research is a difficult skill to acquire; consequently, it tends
to be in high demand.
Sociology as a Career
Some Sociology majors plan to continue into graduate school and to become professional
sociologists. Although not essential, it is recommended that students who plan to attend
graduate school obtain the Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, since its requirements
are more rigorous and will better prepare them for graduate school.
Apart from requirements, students planning to do graduate work in Sociology should take as
many upper-division courses in the discipline as possible.
URBAN PLANNING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
In our highly urbanized society there are many careers for persons who have an
understanding of urban society and wish to be involved in programs to develop urban
Sociology as a Career
Sociology and Career
Prospects: Sociology graduates develop careers in many fields including migrant
and ethnic affairs, market research, services for the aged, community development, welfare
policy and administration, women's issues, staff training and development, youth and
family services, workforce research and health services. -
Social Science Careers in
U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics
Social scientists study all aspects of society, human achievements, human behavior and
relationships among groups, providing insights that help us understand different ways in
which individuals and groups make decisions and respond to change. Social scientists
suggest solutions to social, business, personal, governmental, and environmental problems.