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Possible Careers for Sociology Majors

What kind of job can I get?

Students who graduate with a B.A. or B.S. in sociology and enter the job market directly will find themselves competing with other liberal arts students, but with an advantage--knowledge of key social factors and a firm grasp on research design and methods. Although few occupations include "sociologist" in their title at the bachelor's level, the sociological perspective is excellent preparation for a wide variety of occupations. You should look for an entry-level job, gain experience through internships, and watch for opportunities of specialized training or advanced education.

Sociology majors who are interested in criminal justice gravitate toward careers in law enforcement, legal professions, or social welfare agencies. Those who are interested in the sociology of work and occupations may pursue careers in human resources management (personnel) and industrial relations. Courses in economic and political sociology, cultural diversity, racial and ethnic relations, and social conflict can lead to positions in international business. Students who especially enjoy research design, statistics, and data analysis seek positions in marketing, public relations, and organizational research.

During the job search, B.A./B.S. sociology graduates are able to stress their exposure to a wide variety of classes offered in the curriculum, the oral and written communication skills acquired in the classroom, analytical skills developed in upper-level courses that offer opportunities for original ideas to develop, computer literacy and knowledge of statistics and research design developed in the methods sequence, and any internship or study abroad experiences the student has engaged in.

The Sociology Department has also worked in partnership with SMU's Hegi Family Career Development Center to provide career development and networking opportunities for Sociology majors. For more information about upcoming programs, contact the Department. 

ASA suggested links to search for jobs

idealist.org With a focus on the non-profit sector.  Can be used to locate job postings in the U.S. and around the world, as well as volunteer opportunities and internships.

academyhealth.org Health services research is the multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and ultimately our health and well-being.

Jobs in the Social Science Fields (Riley Guide)

Making the Difference  A student-oriented site for locating jobs and internships in the federal government.  

List of potential careers:

Business and Industry

Community and Social Services

Education

  • advertising staffer
  • banker
  • computer analyst
  • consumer relations
  • control engineer
  • data entry manager
  • human resources manager
  • insurance agent
  • issues manager
  • labor relations staffer
  • market analyst
  • merchandiser/purchaser
  • planning assistant
  • production manager
  • project manager
  • public relations staffer
  • publishing staffer
  • quality control manager
  • real estate agent
  • recruiter
  • sales representative/manager
  • technical writer
  • telemarketer
  • trainer
  • training assistant
  • case manager
  • caseworker/aide
  • child care worker
  • child development technician
  • community aide
  • community organizer
  • environmental organizer
  • family planning worker
  • fund raising assistant/director
  • group home worker
  • hospital administrator
  • housing coordinator
  • medical records worker
  • occupational/ career counselor
  • public administration assistant
  • public assistance worker
  • resident planning aide
  • rural health outreach worker
  • substance abuse counselor
  • youth outreach worker
  • admissions counselor
  • affirmative action assistant
  • alumni relations worker
  • college placement worker
  • extension service specialist
  • public health educator
  • extension service specialist
  • public health educator
  • student personal worker
  • teacher

 

Government

Justice System

Research

  • affirmative action worker
  • employee specialist
  • foreign service officer
  • human rights officer
  • information officer
  • international worker
  • legislative aide
  • peace corps volunteer
  • personnel coordinator
  • program supervisor
  • special agent
  • urban planner
  • correctional counselor
  • corrections officer
  • corrections staffer
  • criminal investigator
  • juvenile court worker
  • parole officer
  • police department staffer
  • police officer
  • rehabilitation counselor
  • special agent
  • state troop
  • census research assistant
  • consumer researcher
  • criminology assistant
  • data analyst
  • demographer assistant
  • interviewer
  • market researcher
  • social research assistant
  • statistician
  • survey research technician