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


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.


Tanner Bartholomew (2011)
Survey Center Manager
Docking Institute of Public Affairs
Hays, KS

I credit all my success thus far to the knowledge and helpfulness of the Fort Hays State University Sociology Department staff. My sociology classes introduced me to research methods, survey design, statistics, and grant writing. My professors recognized my fascination for sociology, and continued to push me in the right direction. This led me to work at the Docking Institute of Public Affairs as the survey center manager. I have found that my classes have made me able to perform my job at a higher standard, and gave me the understanding of why my job is important to the benefit of society. I know in the future that the knowledge I have obtained will continue to help me succeed. Here is a link to the survey center's web page:

Lee Chastain (2004)
City Planner
City of Thomasville
Thomasville, GA

Since graduating in 2004, I have worked for both city governments and private business as a planner and project manager. I am currently the City Planner for the City of Thomasville, GA. In this capacity I report directly to the City Manager and I am responsible for planning, zoning, code enforcement and building review. Additionally, I am pursuing a Masters in Public Administration from Troy University. The certificate in Community Development helped to focus my attention on a career in city planning and the reflective skills I gained through the B.A. in Sociology program at FHSU that benefit me as a city planner. The sociology program at FHSU focused on the development of my "sociological imagination." It is this "imagination" that I use daily in my endeavors to develop solutions to community concerns.

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