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. 
     Clinical sociologists 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. 

Rachelle Cummins
Senior Research Advisor

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Career and educational background (.8 mb)
Typical Day (.6 mb)
Sociological skills (1.1 mb)
Importance of writing (1 mb)
Typical survey (1.4 mb)
Career history (.6 mb)
Value of foreign language skills (.3 mb)
Advice to students (1.8 mb)
Final plug for Sociology (.3 mb)

Important links

Careers in Anthropology

American Sociological Association

           Career Resources for Undergraduates

†††††††††† Bachelorís and Beyond survey results

†††††††††† Jobs, Careers, and Sociological Skills: The Early Employment Experiences of 2012 Sociology Majors

†††††††††† The Sociology Pipeline for Todayís Undergraduates

Eastern Sociological Society

Job postings

Careers at AARP

Federal Jobs: USAJOBS

National Opinion Research Center, mostly in Chicago or D.C. area

Population Association of America website

Westat careers

Society for Applied Sociology

Southern Sociological Society

Comments or Suggestions?

Contact Marion Hughes

Updated 8 March 2016