What Can I Do With A Major In Sociology?

Sociology is the study of social life and focuses on the interaction between human groups and institutions and their influences on each other. Sociology ranges from the study of relationships in family units in the most primitive cultures to the research of large bureaucratic institutions in major industrialized nations. Among the specialties within sociology are criminology, demography, cultural traditions, family relations, gerontology, social welfare, race relations, social status, and social change.

Sociology majors find jobs in social service agencies, non-profit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and correctional institutions. They also find jobs in business and industry in market research, public relations, customer service, management, advertising, human resources, and sales.

While many sociology graduates work in a related occupation and obtain an advanced degree, others choose another direction. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability through internships, responsible work experience, good grades, and involvement in college activities.

A Sample of Related Occupations

Types of Employers

Private and Non-Profit Organizations

Adoption & Childcare Agencies
Correctional Agencies
Publishing Firms
Advertising and Marketing Firms
Educational Institutions
Social Service Agencies
Advocacy Groups
Hospitals & Wellness Centers
Vocational Services
Community Service Agencies
Insurance Companies
Consulting Firms
Private Foundations

Government Agencies

Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies
Civil Rights Commission
Foreign Service
Law Enforcement Agencies
Health & Human Services
Labor Department
Peace Corp/VISTA
Department of Agriculture
Department of Education
Department of Interior
Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Drug Enforcement Administration
Environmental Protection Agency
Housing and Urban Development
National Institutes of Health
Veteran’s Administration
National Institute of Aging

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