What Can You Do With a Sociology Degree?
If you major in sociology you could become President of the United States, a TV show host or an author—or really anything you set your mind to pursue. The career options you have as a sociologist are nearly limitless, as Ronald Reagan, Regis Filbin, and Mitch Albom have discovered.
What do sociology majors study?
The breadth of a sociology education is one of the reasons sociology majors have a number of career options. For example, sociology majors study the behavior and interactions of groups of people and organizations, particularly in the context of social, political and economic forces. Sociology majors also learn skills such as how to conduct research and analyze data, communicate, practice critical thinking and gain a global perspective.
Below are four possible career paths you could pursue after earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology, but this list is certainly not exhaustive! There are a wide-range of career opportunities available to sociology graduates.
1. Business manager
A degree in sociology can help managers in any business or industry, particularly when working in diverse workplaces. According to the University of California Berkeley, “an undergraduate sociology major provides valuable insights into social factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education and social class that affect work and how organizations operate.”
2. Policy analyst
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, policy analysts “work to raise public awareness of social issues, such as crime prevention, access to health care and protection of the environment” and “work to influence political and social decisions.” They typically work in one of four main areas: collecting information, analyzing potential policies and making recommendations, evaluating the outcomes of existing policies, and sharing information with the public and government officials.
3. Marketing consultant
This job was recently rated by CNN Money to be the second best job in America. Marketing consultants help business owners promote their great products by setting up a plan to generate interest and attract customers. The job requires expertise in a wide range of areas.
4. Social worker or human services worker
Sociology majors can work in a variety of social service areas such as counseling, case management, advocacy, mental health services, community programming or administration. This type of work could range from working with low-income families to mentoring local youth to assisting individuals with substance abuse issues.
Learn more about earning a degree in sociology and the career paths you could take on the American Sociological Association’s website. Sociology degrees can be obtained through a traditional on-campus or through an accredited online degree program.