Careers in Sociology
What can I do with a degree in Sociology?
If you are a major you
have probably asked or been asked this very question. A major or minor
in Sociology, the study of the social relations and the social order and social
change that results from them, provides students with a solid foundation
useful in many different careers. Students with undergraduate or
master's degrees in Sociology are employed in a wide variety of clinical,
applied, research and business settings.
focus on analysis and intervention and work, for example, as conflict
mediators, forensic specialists, sociotherapists,
social workers, and program directors. Applied sociologists are
research specialists, who do needs assessment, program evaluation, policy
analysis, urban and regional planning, and similar problem solving in
government, organization and business settings. In business, Sociology
majors are employed in human resources, personnel and industrial relations,
marketing, management and organizational planning.
A background in Sociology provides students with a
wide range of marketable skills that employers in
all types of settings desire, including communication skills, both verbal and
written; conceptualization tools; problem solving strategies; an
understanding of group dynamics; and research skills. So rather than
asking What can I do with my degree? Sociology students should be asking What can't
I do with a degree in Sociology?
Howery, C., N. Perrin, and J. Seem.
1993. Teaching Sociological Practice: A Resource Book. Washington,
DC: The American Sociological Association.
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