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What can I do with a degree in Sociology?

“Almost anything.” A degree in Sociology provides strong liberal arts preparation for entry level positions throughout the business, health professions, social services, criminal justice system, and government worlds. Employers look for people with the skills that an undergraduate education in Sociology provides. In addition, many students choose Sociology because they see it as a broad liberal arts base for professions such as law, education, medicine, social work, and counseling. Sociology provides a rich fund of knowledge that directly pertains to each of these fields.  So you should not be asking yourself: ‘why should I major in Sociology?’, you should be asking yourself, ‘why NOT major in Sociology?’  It is a field of study that opens doors in many sectors throughout the United States

 Below is a list of areas of employment, specific employers, and strategies for obtaining jobs in those fields.  Remember to talk to a sociology adviser in order to choose the best plan to meet your career and/or educational goals.

Environment and Society:
Employers:  Health Agencies, Local Planning Agencies, Waste Management Firms, Environmental Advocacy Groups, National Advocacy Groups, Environmental Periodicals, Federal Government, Regional State and Local Agencies, Consulting Firms.

Strategies for Employment:
Take courses in: Social Problems, Social Stratification, Race and Ethnicity, Criminology, Collective Behavior and Social Movements, Sociology of Disasters, Statistics and Public Speaking
Learn skills in: communication, networking, analytical Writing, critical thinking, leadership, cultural competency
Other:  Gain experience via part-time internships and volunteer work, Obtain graduate degree for advancement

Human Services: Counseling / Case Management / Advocacy / Mental Health Services / Programming / Administration
Employers: Federal, State, and Local Government, United Way Agencies, Local Branches of National Non-Profit Organizations, Religiously-Affiliated Service Organizations, Adoption and Child Care Agencies, Public and Private Nursing Homes, and Hospitals

Strategies for Employment:
Take courses in:  Stratification, Race and Ethnicity, Gender, Social Psychology, Public Speaking, Concentrate course work in area of interest
Learn skills in: research methods, statistics, computer skills, leadership, cultural competency, critical thinking, analysis, interpersonal skills, communication (oral and written)
Other:  Pursue excellent academic record, acquire related experience through volunteer and internship, obtain counseling courses and experience for counseling and case worker positions, obtain graduate degree for advancement,

Criminal Justice: Corrections / Rehabilitation / Law Enforcement / Judiciary
Employers: Corrections Institutions, Court Systems, Federal, State and Local Government, Law Enforcement Agencies,

Strategies for Employment:
Take courses in:  Criminology, Juvenile Delinquency, Drugs and Society, Social Psychology, Gender, Race and Ethnicity, and Social Stratification
Learn skills in:  research methods, critical thinking, leadership, interpersonal skills, communication (oral and written), analytic skills, and cultural competency
Gain essential practical experience via part-time, internships, & volunteer work, obtain graduate degree for advanced placement

Education: Teaching / Research / Administration / Alumni Relations / Placement Offices
Employers: Public and Private Schools, Colleges and Universities

Strategies for Employment:
Take courses in:  Sociology of Education, Social Psychology, Social Problems, Juvenile Delinquency, Theories of Gender, Social Stratification and Developmental Psychology
Learn skills in:  critical thinking, communication (written and oral), public speaking, leadership, and computer literacy
Other:  Volunteer as a tutor, obtain certification/licensing to teach K-12, secure strong personal recommendations, obtain Ph.D to teach and for advanced research in colleges & universities

Government: Social Science Analysis / Social Statistics / Demography / Public Administration / Management / Program Development / Policy Analysis / Personnel / Research / Investigation
Employers: Public Assistance Agencies, Federal, State, Local and County Government

Strategies for Employment:
Take courses in:  Criminology, Drugs and Society, Juvenile Delinquency, Social Problems, Social Movements, Deviant Behavior, Immigration, Globalization, Disasters, Gender, Race and Ethnicity and Social Stratification, Aging
Learn skills in:  survey and evaluation research, research methods and statistics, critical thinking, communication (oral and written), interpersonal skills, computer literacy
Other:  Learn federal, state and local government job application process,gain experience via co-op programs and volunteer work, obtain graduate degree for advancement

Social Science Research: Evaluation Research / Market Research Analysis / Information Sourcing
Employers:  Federal Government, National Headquarters of Non-Profit Organizations, Firms conducting social market or statistical research, Public Relations Firms, Professional Periodicals, Newspapers, Magazines, Social Service Agencies, Hospitals, Business and Industry, Labor Unions, Universities, Religious Organizations, Public Opinion Research Polls

Strategies for Employment:
Take Courses in: Stratification, Theories of Gender, Race and Ethnicity, Social Psychology, Labor Relations, Sociology of Organizations, Disasters, Immigration, Advanced Statistics, and Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Learn Skills in:  research methods and statistics, statistical writing and analysis, advanced computer literacy, critical thinking, information gathering and assimilation, communication (oral and written)
Other:  learn federal government job application process, acquire related experience, obtain graduate degree for advancement in specialized areas

Business: Demography and Planning / Management / Sales / Marketing / Public Relations / Office Administration / Human Resources / Advertising / Consumer Research / Insurance / Real Estate / Personnel Training / Administration
Employers:  Research Departments/Firms, Personnel/Industrial Relations Departments, Organizational Planning Departments/Firms, International business, Manufacturing Firms, Advertising Firms, Consumer Research /Public Relations Firms, Insurance/real estate Companies, Publishing Firms, Consulting Firms

Strategies for Employment
Take courses in: Stratification, Theories of Gender, Race and Ethnicity, Social Psychology, Labor Relations, Personnel Management, Public Speaking and writing,
Learn skills in:  communication (written and oral), interpersonal, computer literacy, leadership, analytic, statistics, research, and critical thinking
Other:  Focus on an occupational area, gain related experience, stress work experience, obtain graduate degree for advancement.

Employers: Consulting firms, Business and Industry, International, Federal and State Agencies, Government and Regional Planning Departments, Colleges and Universities, Foundations, Advertising and Marketing Firms, Private research firms.

Strategies for Employment: 
Take courses in:  Social Movements, Race and Ethnicity, Sociall Problems, Theories of Gender, Social Stratification, Advanced Statistics and Computer Applications
Learn skills in:  research methods and statistics, communication (oral and written), analysis, computer literacy, leadership, critical thinking

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