Careers in Sociology and Social Work

Whether you pursue a degree in sociology or social work, remarkable career paths that directly impact the lives of others await you! Read on to learn more about career opportunities and hear directly from recent alumni.

Careers in Sociology
In this time of rapid social change, it’s impossible to know what lies ahead. Yet, because the field of sociology gives you a broad liberal arts education, you have a solid base for many career paths. Sociology graduates are very marketable because of the heavy emphasis on skills - research, interviewing, grant writing, mediation and computer applications to name a few. Many students select sociology as a major because it provides:

  • a broad liberal arts base for advanced degrees in law, education, social work, and counseling
  • a broad liberal arts preparation for entry level positions throughout the business, government, non-profit and human services areas
  • a broad liberal arts preparation for careers in research, politics, public relations, community development, non-profit management, and human resources

With a degree in sociology, you can follow a diverse number of career avenues:

  • Survey Researcher
  • Business Manager
  • Case Manager
  • Grant Writer
  • Marketer
  • Teacher
  • Planner
  • Mediator
  • Consultant
  • Non-Profit Manager
  • Addictions Counselor
  • Community Developer
  • . . . to name just a few !! 

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Careers in Social Work
Social workers are professionals who have many different roles. They provide services to people of any age, income, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. They help people cope with complex interpersonal and social problems and assist in obtaining resources for people.

With an undergraduate degree in social work, you could pursue a career in:

  • Nursing Homes
  • Mental Health Centers
  • Social Welfare Agencies
  • Child and Family Services Agencies
  • Chemical Addiction Treatment Centers
  • Hospitals and Health Care Agencies
  • Foster Care and Adoption Agencies
  • Residential Treatment Programs
  • Community Organizations
  • Correctional Settings
  • . . . and many more locations!

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Still not sure if a degree in sociology or social work is right for you?  Visit FHSU’s Academic Advising and Career Exploration website for more information about potential careers, or contact the Department of Sociology and Social Work to speak with a faculty advisor.

FHSU Sociology and Social Work graduates - out in the world

Ryan Nelson (2005)
Survey Manager
National Research Corporation
Lincoln, NE

The Sociology Department at FHSU prepared me to become a productive member of the labor market. Through my educational experience I was exposed to survey research methods and survey design. This gave me an upper hand when entering the labor market, compared to others in my cohort. The research methods classes in Sociology gave me the knowledge necessary to immediately go to work with surveying in real world applications.  During my tenure with NRC I have been fortunate enough to continue my professional development through graduate studies at the University of Nebraska. Knowledge and skills learned in the FHSU’s Sociology methods classes allowed me to work in research organizations right after graduation. I have had the privilege to work in interesting and important research positions since graduating from Fort Hays State University in December 2005.

Michelle Staab (2008)
Birth Mother Counselor
Lifeline Children's Services, Inc.
Birmingham, AL

The Fort Hays State University social work program really is designed to give students the best foundation possible to be a Social Worker. Since it is such a diverse profession, there is a lot of ground to cover. For part of the social work program, we were required to complete both an internship and a practicum placement. This work was hands on; we were treated as professionals and expected to represent Fort Hays as well-educated Social Work students. Our professors allowed us opportunities to discuss the experiences we had in these placements in a way that helped us correlate what we were seeing and doing with what we were learning in class. It made our education even more real. It wasn't just textbooks & group discussion anymore; it was life. I was also very surprised at the close friendships that developed in our graduating class at Fort Hays. Social work is such a wonderful, diverse profession; you are not locked into one sector of the career world. I am so grateful for the way my education prepared me for my job today. Not only was the social work program at Fort Hays one worth investing in, but in return, the professors invested so much in me.