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Believe it or not, there are many careers out there for sociology majors.  Below, you will find areas of job interest, employers who hire in that area, and strategies (including classes to take, experience to gain, interviewing, etc.) to get that job.

 

Areas

Employers

Strategies

Environment & Society
  • Waste Management Firms 
  • Health Agencies 
  • Local Planning Agencies 
  • Environmental Advocacy Groups 
  • National Advocacy Groups 
  • Environmental Periodicals 
  • Federal Government 
  • Regional, State, & Local Agencies 
  • Consulting Firms 
  • Take courses in general and urban ecology, statistics, and public speaking. 
  • Learn skills in communication networking, electronic mail, and analytical writing. 
  • Gain experience via part-time or internships and volunteer work. 
  • Obtain graduate degree for advancement. 
Criminal Justice--
Corrections 
Rehabilitation 
Law Enforcement 
Judiciary
  • Correction Institutions 
  • Court Systems 
  • Federal, State, & Local Government, 
  • Law Enforcement Agencies 
  • Emphasize research methods, statistics and computer skills. 
  • Gain essential practical experience via part-time, internships, & volunteer work. 
  • Learn skills in communication networking & electronic mail. 
  • Obtain graduate degree for advancement. 
Demography
  • Companies & Organizations doing demographic forecasting and population studies. 
  • Companies compiling market research data. 
  • Consulting firms 
  • Business & Industry 
  • International, Federal & State Agencies 
  • Government & Regional Planning Departments 
  • Colleges & Universities 
  • Foundations 
  • Advertising & Marketing Firms 
  • Private Research Firms 
  • Take courses in social research methods, statistics, computer applications, population, social movements, calculus, & foreign language. 
  • Develop good communication skills. 
  • Gain essential practical experience via part-time, internships, & volunteer work. 
  • Learn skills in communication networking & electronic mail. 
  • Obtain graduate degree for advancement. 
Human Services--
Counseling 
Advocacy 
Mental Health Services 
Social Services-- 
--Administration
--Programming
--Recreation
  • Advocacy Groups 
  • Federal, State, & Local Government 
  • United Way Agencies/Local Branches of National Non-Profit Organizations 
  • Religiously-Affiliated Service Organizations 
  • Adoption & Child Care Agencies 
  • Public & Private Nursing Homes 
  • Hospitals 
  • Learn skills in communication networking & electronic mail. 
  • Concentrate course work in area of interest. 
  • Pursue excellent academic record. 
  • Emphasize research methods, statistics and computer skills. 
  • Obtain counseling courses and experience for counseling & case worker positions. 
  • Acquire related experience. 
  • Obtain graduate degree for advancement. 
  • Consider business minor or double major for positions in administration, & master's in health care administration for advancement. 
  • May need master's degree in social work. 
Business--
Demography/Planning 
Human Resources 
Management 
Sales 
Advertising 
Marketing 
Consumer Research 
Insurance 
Real Estate 
Personnel/Training 
Administration
  • Research Departments/Firms 
  • Personnel/Industrial Relations Departments 
  • Marketing/Management Firms 
  • Organizational Planning Departments/Firms 
  • International Business 
  • Manufacturing Firms 
  • Advertising Firms 
  • Consumer Research/Public Relations Firms 
  • Insurance/Real Estate Companies 
  • Publishing Firms 
  • Consulting Firms 
  • Focus on an occupational area: personnel, industrial relations, management, marketing, or public relations. 
  • Take courses in labor relations, industrial psychology, sociology of work, personnel management, public speaking, writing, social psychology, and human/social interaction. 
  • Gain related experience. 
  • Learn skills in communication networking & electronic mail. 
  • Obtain graduate degree for advancement. 
  • Stress work experience, social skills, public speaking, writing skills, statistics & research training when interviewing. 
Education--
Teaching 
Administration 
Alumni Relations 
Placement Offices 
Research
  • Public & Private Schools 
  • Colleges & Universities 
  • Obtain certification/licensing to teach grades K-12. 
  • Volunteer as a tutor. 
  • Obtain Ph.D. to teach and for advanced research positions in colleges & universities. 
  • Secure strong personal recommendations. 
  • Learn skills in communication networking & electronic mail. 
  • Take courses in sociology of education, social psychology, developmental psychology, 
Social Science Research--
--Market Research Analysis 
--Evaluation Research
  • Federal Government 
  • National Headquarters of Non-Profit Organizations 
  • Firms conducting social, market, or statistical research 
  • Public Relations Firms 
  • Professional Periodicals 
  • Newspapers & Magazines 
  • Social Service Agencies 
  • Hospitals
  • Business & Industry 
  • Labor Unions 
  • Professional Sociologists 
  • Universities 
  • Religious Organizations 
  • Public Opinion Research Polls 
  • Learn federal government job application process. 
  • Develop strong quantitative, statistical, writing, informational gathering, and assimilating skills. 
  • Take courses in research methods and statistics. 
  • Learn skills in communication networking & electronic mail. 
  • Acquire related experience. 
  • Obtain graduate degree for advancement and specialized areas. 
Community Relations
  • Federal, State, & Local Government 
  • National headquarters & local branches of non-profit organizations 
  • Private Social Service Organizations 
  • Religiously Affiliated Service Organizations 
  • Child Care Agencies 
  • Learn federal, state & local government job application process. 
  • Obtain experience in counseling, advocacy or administration. 
  • Acquire knowledge of community problems & government resources. 
  • Gain volunteer experience. 
  • Take courses in public speaking, inequality, social classes, race relations, gender, social psychology, social/human interaction. 
  • Learn skills in communication networking & electronic mail. 
Government--
Social Science Analysis
Social Statistics 
Demography 
Administration 
Management 
Program Development 
Policy Analysis 
Personnel 
Research 
Investigation
  • Public Assistance Agencies 
  • Federal, State, Local, & County Government 
  • Learn federal, state & local government job application process. 
  • Learn skills in communication networking & electronic mail. 
  • Obtain experience in research & evaluation. 
  • Acquire skills in survey & evaluation research, and specialties in such fields as medical/health sociology, aging, criminal justice, demography, and family. 
  • Gain experience via co-op programs and volunteer work. 
  • Obtain graduate degree for advancement. 

This list was originally prepared by the Career Planning staff, Career Services at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1994).

It has been updated and altered by the USI Department of Sociology to better fit the needs of USI sociology students. 

Dr. Ronda Priest
March 27, 1999