Careers in Sociology

To download our handbook, "Careers in Sociology," click here. To download the ASA handbook on Sociology as a 21st Century Career, click here.

Sociology is an extremely versatile field.  Here are just some of the careers you can acquire with a sociology degree. 


Examples of Careers in sociology

SOCIAL PRACTICE
Counseling
Halfway houses
Human services
Private foundations
Vocational services

SOCIAL ACTION

Community organizations
Lobbying
Political advocacy
Religious work

CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Corrections
Law enforcement
Judiciary
Probation/parole

GOVERNMENT
Public administration
Policy analysis
Program development
Social statistics
Urban planning

SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH
Data Analysis
Demography
Public opinion polls
Research projects

BUSINESS
Human resources
Management
Market research
Public relations
Sales  

EXAMPLE OF A SOCIOLOGY MAJOR'S RESUME

Even without counting other life experiences or areas of study, here is an example of what you can say in your resume about yourself based solely on your sociology training:  

Jane Doe
111 1st Street
New Haven, CT 06515
(203) 555-1212

__________________

Objective

A position in a public or private agency dedicated to positive social change and community development. 

Skills

• Develop and interpret quantitative and qualitative data
• Write professional reports comprehensible to the average reader
• Think critically and approach problem solving from multiple perspectives
• Apply sociological theory and concepts to social issues
• Understand group and organizational dynamics
• Sensitive to diversity of race, class, gender and other ascribed statuses
• SPSS; Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Work Experience

Internship at 1st Street Women's Shelter:  Client intake, service referrals, police reports, assistance in counseling.  


Education

Southern Connecticut State University
Sociology, B. S. (Cum Laude)


Memberships

Alpha Kappa Delta (International Sociology Honor Society)
American Sociological AssociationSouthern Connecticut State University Sociology Club (Treasurer)


References

Available upon request

 

American Sociological Association INformation

Please review the Amerian Sociological Association's site: Careers in Sociology. This site has information for undergraduate and graduate students, Job Prospects for the BA Graduate, Graduate Training in Sociology, and so on. This is a definite starting place for anyone wondering what to do after receiving a degree, whether graduate or undergraduate, in sociology.

Students from Southern Connecticut State University's sociology program recently participated in a national study conducted by the American Sociological Association. Information on the study and its findings may be found at "What Can I Do With a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology?" The study results are quite interesting and you are encouraged to review the findings for insight into how YOU might prepare yourself for a career working with a degree in sociology.

 

Embarking on the Job or Career Search

There are many sources of information available to you for help in looking for possible job openings and career choices. For example, the ASA has a site "Preparation for Careers" that provides a number of suggestions for students. The site also includes links to additional information on the B.S./B.A. major in sociology and what employer's are looking for. This site is highly recommended. To get an idea of possible job openings and career choices, why not check the newspaper? Not just the classifieds, but newspaper articles. You should also watch the local news channels to find what the projected employment outlook will be in your area of interest. You can never tell what you may find so keep your eyes and ears open for new information.

The Department of Sociology has a list serve exclusively for sociology majors from which we pass along job announcements from time to time.  You also may check out the links contained in our handbook (see above).  

One of the best ways to find out about job opportunities and whether or not you are qualified is to go to a respected source. Begin with the SCSU Center for Career Services.  The Center for Career Services office offers lots of valuable information to help you in your job/career search. They offer services such as a career resource library, career resource computer lab, information on resume writing, cover letters, job opportunities, mock interviews, and workshops. You may find of particular interest, career counseling, workshops, the speaker's bureau, and the career fairs that are held every Fall and Spring semester.

You might also regularly check employment opportunities through the State of Connecticut.