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Careers in Sociology

We live in a time of rapid social change – it’s impossible to know what lies ahead. Fortunately, a degree in sociology gives you a broad liberal arts education that will serve as the foundation for many career paths (some of which may not even exist yet).

FHSU Sociology graduates are very marketable because of our heavy emphasis on developing the skills employers most look for – skills like critical thinking, research, interviewing, grant writing, mediation and computer application.

Many students select sociology as a major because it develops the hard and soft skills that prepare them for:

  • Advanced degrees in law, education, and counseling
  • Entry level positions throughout the business, government, non-profit and human services areas
  • Careers in research, politics, public relations, community development, non-profit management, and human resources

Here’s a sampling of careers that sociology degree holders of today are enjoying. Note that some of these, (such as Lawyer or Marriage and Family Therapist), will require an advanced degree:

Adoption Agent
Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Battered Spouse Advocate
Bereavement Support Worker
Child Welfare Officer
Community Organizer
Congressional Aid
Corrections Case Worker
Crime Victim Criminologist
Director, Social Services Agency
Foster Care Worker
Human Rights Worker
Juvenile Justice Caseworker
Labor Relations Specialist
Marriage and Family Therapist
Minority & Race Relations Worker

News Correspondent
Nonprofit Director
Peace Corps/VISTA Worker
Policy Analyst
Political Systems Researcher
Public Relations Specialist
Rape/Crisis Intervention
Recreation Therapist
Research Scientist
Secret Service Agent
Social Entrepreneur
Substance Abuse Counselor
Urban/Regional Planner
Veterans Affairs Specialist
Youth Specialist Prevention Counselor

More Information About Sociology Careers

A Day in the life of a Sociologist
US Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook: Sociologists
What are Sociology Graduates Doing? (PDF)

Fort Hays University Career Resources

Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center
Career Services Online Job Resources
Department of Sociology Advisors

Job Search Sites

American Sociological Association's Job Bank
Jobs in the Social Science Fields (Riley Guide)
Go Government
Partnership for Public Service

Professional Organizations

American Sociological Association
Rural Sociological Society
Society of Applied Sociology
Midwest Sociological Society
Community Development Society
Population Association of America
Public Health Online

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