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What can I do with a sociology degree?

The 21st century labor market is fast-changing, increasingly global, and technology driven. The skills you need to succeed in the 21st century include: creativity, innovation, critical thinking, analytic problem-solving, communication, collaboration, multicultural and global understandings, and excellent written expression.  Furthermore, 21st century careers take place in an increasingly diverse global society and being able to work effectively with people from different cultures, ethnicities and nationalities has become a basic work-place requirement.

The good news for sociology majors is that your studies are uniquely suited to help you develop the skills you need for a successful 21st century career. Sociologists study social life, social change, diverse communities and their interactions, and they use scientific methods to find empirical answers to complex social questions. Studying sociology can help foster your creativity, innovation, critical thinking, analytic problem solving and communication skills. As a graduate with a Sociology degree, you will have a foundation for better understanding and engaging with the globalizing world. You will be equipped with the tools needed to make sense of the shiftng social world and contribute solutions to difficult social problems.

Given the breadth, adaptability, and utility of studying Sociology, employment opportunities abound for A. B. graduates.  The following list of possibilities is only illustrative – many other paths may be open to you and additional education or training may be required.  Employment sectors include:

Social ServicesCommunity WorkLawCollege Settings
  • Rehabilitation
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Law enforcement
  • Admissions
  • Case management
  • Urban planning
  • Investigations
  • Advising
  • Youth/Elderly services
  • Childcare
  • Probation/Parole
  • Alumni Relations
  • Recreation
  • Community development
  • Criminal justice
  • Development
  • Administration
  • Environmental groups
  • Judicial affairs
  • Administrative Support
  • Social work
  • Advocacy
  • Attorney
  • Local, state, federal agencies
  • Paralegal
Health Services Business Publishing Teaching
  • Family planning
  • Public Relations
  • Professional writing
  • Elementary
  • Substance abuse education
  • Marketing/Sales
  • Research
  • Secondary
  • Rehabilitation counseling
  • Consumer research
  • Editing
  • Special Education
  • Hospital admissions
  • Human resources/Personnel
  • Journalism
  • Teaching English as a second language
  • Insurance providers
  • Insurance

  • Real estate
  • Training
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Media

Adapted from Careers in Sociology, a publication of the American Sociological Association.


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