Career Options

What Can Sociology Do For Me?

Marketable Skills Learned From Sociology

Major corporations and small businesses look for the job applicants with the following skills.  These are functional skills and can be transferred from one setting to another.

Research skills including the ability to define a problem or research question, design a study to find answers, design the appropriate instruments, code and analyze the data, report (orally and in writing) on the findings, and make recommendations based on the findings.  Being able to conceptualize a project from inception to conclusion is the key.

Analytical skills, particularly problem-solving and sharp, critical thinking as well as the ability to analyze, synthesize, and interpret information.

Communication skills, or the ability to express yourself in verbal and written form.  Employers are looking for people who are comfortable expressing themselves and their ideas in clear, concise, and meaningful language.

Interpersonal skills, including the ability to share leadership and responsibility, work cooperatively, and get along with co-workers and clients.  Employers seek graduates who can work on task forces and self-managed task teams, but are also capable of initiating ideas and pursuing a project independently.

Cross-cultural understanding, especially regarding racial, ethnic, and gender differences in values, perceptions, and approaches to work.  Employers need workers who can understand and operate within the context of cultural and other diversities.  Corporations increasingly seek employees who possess a global perspective, have a high degree of intercultural awareness, and are free of traditional stereotypes.

Sociology job opportunities;

  • Criminal Justice- In corrections, rehabilitation, law enforcement, the justice system, parole system.
  • Business and Industry- Advertising, Consumer and Market Research, Management of Non-profit organizations, Human Resources, Training and Human Development, Leadership Training.
  • Research and Planning- Governmental and regional planning departments, research firms, evaluation research, public opinion research.
  • Agencies-Social Services, Mental Health Services, Adoption, Child Care, Youth Services, Developmental Disability Services.
  • Government- Social Science Analysis, Census Bureau and other federal agencies, Administration, Policy Analysis, Personnel, Homeland Security.
  • Education- Public and Private Schools, Colleges and Universities, Administration, Alumni Relations, Placement Offices, Educational Research.
  • Advocacy- Environmental, Child Welfare, National Policies, Victims Rights, Labor Rights, Community Organization.
  • Communications- Technical Writing, Newspaper and Magazine Reporting, Public Relations.