What Jobs are Available with a Sociology Degree?

Sociology JobsIt is easy to ask about the jobs available with a sociology degree. It is, after all, the most general and elemental of the social sciences, as it is “the study of society.” These fields often come under scrutiny as “impractical” against the STEM fields and vocational training. Even so, there is work available that makes specific use of the knowledge and skills taking one or more degrees in sociology provides, and it is work that many find useful to have done.

Sociologist

The most obvious choice of job for someone with a sociology degree is as a sociologist.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a sociologist will work in research organizations, colleges and universities, state and local government, and consulting service firms.

Sociologist have a median salary of $78,120 a year and often requirer a master’s degree for an entry-level job.

Professor

For those who have taken graduate degrees in sociology or who are determined to earn them, a job as a professor is another valid option. Jobs as a professor will be competitive, as the numbers of professors of sociology are lower than the regular work force.

Jobs With a Bachelor’s Degree

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many who hold undergraduate degrees in sociology often work in social services, education and public policy fields. Each of these fields are concerned with how people interact with one another within and among groups, so the kind of training sociology programs offer will focus on understanding the functions of groups and sub-groups.

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Management Jobs

Various management fields are also likely to benefit from training in sociology. As a social science, sociology does require its students to have understanding of statistical methods and sampling, which allows those trained in the field to work with data-driven management and oversight methods relatively easily. In addition, management is about developing and maintaining group identities, and those who understand best how groups form and function will likely to be a well-trained sociologist.  Human resources positions will likely offer similar opportunities to those trained in sociology, and for much the same reasons.