Sociology Careers

What Can I Do with a Sociology Degree?

Many employers are looking for transferable skills such as analytical, organizational, research, interpersonal, computer, leadership, teamwork, and oral/written communication are associated with the sociology degree. An undergraduate degree is sufficient for many entry-level positions in non-profit organizations, business, and government. While in college, get involved with a population of interest (i.e., children, college students, elderly adults) and develop multicultural sensitivity and understanding. Learn a second language in order to interact with non-English speakers and increase marketability. 

Many entry level positions require some related experience. Volunteering, part-time jobs, and internships can typically fulfill this requirement.

Graduate Studies

A bachelor’s in sociology prepares students for graduate or professional education in sociology, law, counseling, psychology, social work, medicine, education, college student personnel, higher education administration, planning, and other related fields. Research pre-requisites for graduate or professional programs of interest.

There are two main types of master’s degree programs in sociology including: traditional programs and programs with an applied, clinical, or professional track. Traditional programs are to prepare students to enter academia and a Ph.D. program. Applied, clinical, and professional programs are vocationally oriented and prepare students to enter the workforce by teaching job skills.

To enhance graduate or professional school opportunities, maintain a high grade point average, secure strong faculty recommendations, join student or professional organizations, and gain relevant experience outside of the classroom through work, internship, volunteer, and research opportunities.

Job Opportunities

Depending on their specific skills, experience and interests, sociology majors may pursue a variety of career paths. Adding a dual major or a marketable minor (accounting, marketing, human resources, political science, international affairs, legal studies, etc.) to your studies will multiply the opportunities available to you.

  • Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Mental Health Services
  • Crisis Work
  • Testing/Assessment
  • Behaviorial Analysis
  • Community Relations
  • Grant Writing
  • Non-profit Management
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Law Enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Probation and Parole
  • Rehabilitation
  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Social Statistics
  • Demography
  • Urban/City Planning