What Kind of Job Can I Get with an Undergraduate Sociology Degree?
Persons holding a Bachelor's degree in sociology are frequently employed in the helping professions, in non-profit organizations, in business, and in the public sector working with social programs and their implementation.
Employment opportunities include entry-level positions in the following areas: administration, advertising, banking, counseling (family planning, career, substance abuse, and so forth), community planning, health services, journalism, group and recreation work, marketing and market research, sales, teaching (if certified), human resources/personnel work, social services, and social research.
Sociology is a liberal arts major with an advantage. In addition to knowledge in specific course areas such as sociology of families, communities, and organizations, you will learn social research design, statistics, and data analysis. You will also have mastered the skill of thinking analytically. These will be very useful to you on the job market.
Many sociology majors pursue advanced degrees in Sociology, Law, and other disciplines, which lead to jobs offering still more responsibility and authority. The American Sociological Association website (below) describes job options for people with advanced degrees.
For more information, check out Sociology Degree Programs.org.
The Employer's Perspective
Corporate, non-profit, and public sector interviewers are looking for applicants who display purpose and commitment to their future occupation. Applicants may be considered for junior positions in research, human resources, management, sales, or public relations.
Interviewers will seek to determine if applicants can easily adapt to organizational life. In particular, this means the ability to work well with others as part of a team. Employers value graduates who have a keen understanding of the impact of cultural, racial, and gender diversity in the workplace and who comprehend the global nature of business and industry.
During the job search, sociology graduates should stress their analytical skills, oral and written communication skills, computer literacy, knowledge of statistics and research design, and work experience.
For detailed career information and tips on landing a job, go to the American Sociological Association webpage at www.asanet.org.