Career Outlook & Opportunities
The Department of Sociology office has copies of 21st Century Careers with an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology available for students to pick up. This booklet was produced by the American Sociological Association and describes how the sociology major equips students with the skills employers say they need such as critical thinking, clear communication, problem solving, and ethical integrity. Major topics touched on in this booklet include,
- What is a 21st century career?
- What is sociology?
- Careers for Sociology Graduates
- How to start your career in college?
- Sociology and graduate studies
Recent research by the American Sociological Association revealed that common first jobs after graduation include social services and counseling (23%), sales and marketing (14%), and administrative project support (14%).
Sociology majors should be sure to gain hands-on experience through internships or practicums. Sometimes a job that someone is already doing can be used for an academic internship, but often students have to find an internship through either a formal application process or through social networking. Consult with your professors about career fields you would like to see up close, and look for information from Career Services about their job and internships fairs.
If you are especially interested in research, look for opportunities to participate in faculty-led research projects as part of a research practicum. Also consider declaring the Interdisciplinary Social Research Minor or applying to the Honors College or the McNair program (to prepare for post-baccalaureate study) if you meet their qualifications.