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Career Options for Sociology Majors

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To receive pertinent Department of Sociology info about degree requirements, coursework, etc., contact: socadvising@uakron.edu.



Like all liberal arts majors, students earning degrees in Sociology possess numerous marketable skills sought by employers in business, health professions, the criminal justice system, social services, and government.

The ability to communicate well, both verbally and in a written format; to critically analyze and solve problems; to learn new information quickly and thoroughly; and to bring individual insight to a team format are the transferable skills which will hold a sociology major in good stead after graduation.

Sociology is a wonderful pre-professional degree for individuals interested in law, education, medicine, social work, and counseling.

Whether or not a student of sociology goes on to receive a graduate degree, good grades, a willingness to relocate, and perseverance can help an individual with a Bachelor’s degree secure a position in any of the following areas:

 

ADVERTISING, COMMUNICATIONS, MKTG

  • Mass Communication Analysis
  • Motivational Research
  • Public Opinion Polls
  • Consumer Research
  • Population Administration

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

  • Law Enforcement
  • Criminology
  • Delinquency Prevention
  • Penology and Corrections
  • Probation and Parole
  • Court Administration
  • Private Security

 

MANUFACTURING AND MERCHANDISING

  • Employment Interviewing
  • Industrial Sociology
  • Labor Relations
  • New Business Research
  • Manpower Resource Studies

 

BANKING AND FINANCE

  • Community, Customer, or Employee Relations
  • Organizational Planning
  • Personnel Administration

 

INSURANCE AND MEDICAL SERVICES

  • Area Studies
  • Population Studies
  • Public Health
  • Alcoholism & Drug Abuse
  • Addiction Research
  • Hospital Casework
  • Medical Sociology

 

SOCIAL SERVICES AND GOVERNMENT

  • Child and Family Welfare
  • Community Agency
  • Community Planning, Development, Organization
  • Housing Studies
  • Minority Group and Race Relations Studies
  • Urban Planning



ACCORDING TO BLS OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK 2010-11

Overall employment of sociologists is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2018.

Positions in policy research, product development, marketing, and advertising will be quite good for the skills and training of a sociologist.

Job growth will be better in the Federal Government because of the large number of upcoming retirees.

2008 Median annual earnings of social scientists = $68.5k with the lowest 10% averaging $40.7k and the highest 10% averaging $122k.

In 2009, the Federal Government listed the average annual salaries as $100.8.




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