CAREER OPTIONS
SOCIOLOGY PROGRAM

Overview
Market research, policy analysis, human resources, public relations, criminal justice, non-profit administration, urban planning and sales — these are just a few of the opportunities available to you as a sociology graduate. Should you choose to attend graduate school, you might pursue an academic career in teaching or research or pursue post-baccalaureate studies in clinical social work.

For some specific ideas about careers in Sociology, check out the following:
American Sociological Association (ASA)
ASA’s Careers in Sociology page

Career Future and Competition
The following are excerpts from
2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

• Overall employment of sociologists … is expected to grow 21 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations … because the incorporation of sociology into research in other fields continues to increase.

• Sociologists possess broad training and education in analytical, methodological, conceptual, and quantitative and qualitative analysis and research, so their skills can be applied to many different occupations.

• Many workers with sociology backgrounds will find work in niche areas with specialized titles such as market analyst, research assistant, writer, policy analyst, policy research for consulting firms, product development, marketing, and advertising.

• Demand for sociologists also will stem from growth in the number of social, political, and business associations and organizations, including many nonprofit organizations, to conduct various evaluations and statistical work.

• Candidates who hold a master’s or Ph.D. degree will have the best employment prospects and advancement opportunities; competition for teaching positions, while keen, should ease as the expected number of retirements increases.

• Quantitative and qualitative skills are important for all workers.

Highlights
Read the Wall Street Journal's article about the "Best" and "Worst Jobs":
• Of the 200 jobs studied, sociologists have the eighth best job in the United States.

• Excerpt from the article:
“Mark Nord is a sociologist working for the Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service in Washington, D.C. He studies hunger in American households and writes research reports about his findings. "The best part of the job is the sense that I'm making some contribution to good policy making," he says. "The kind of stuff that I crank out gets picked up by advocacy organizations, media and policy officials."

• Read the article: "Doing the Math to Find the Good Jobs" by Sarah Needleman (January 26, 2009) for more information.



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