FHSU Sociology and Social Work Alumni - Out in the World!

Whether you pursue a degree in sociology or social work, remarkable career paths that directly impact the lives of others await you!  Hear what some of our recent graduates have to say about their degrees and careers.  Information to help you is also provided below.

Ryan Nelson (2005 Graduate)

Additional Comments from Sociology and Social Work Graduates

Careers in Sociology and Social Work

Sociology and social work offer a wide variety of career opportunities! 

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.

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