Careers in Sociology
Sociology students are those intrigued by the challenging social issues pervading our world, how society influences and is influenced by them, and how to encourage change. They learn how to address these issues through scientific research and application, and, as our world continuously evolves, sociology majors are well prepared to offer insight into these changes and how best to accommodate them.
Given the basis in research and focus on diversity and inequality, sociology students develop skills and knowledge employers are seeking: critical thinking and effective communication skills and the knowledge and ability to conduct ethical research, as well as offer evidence-based analyses and innovative solutions. As such, students find employment in a wide variety of fields: business, child welfare, community services, computer industry, criminal justice, education, gerontology, health care, human resources, international relations, law, leisure/recreation/sport, marketing, military, public health, public/ social policy, social work, urban planning or management…and so much more.
To learn more about career opportunities for sociology students:
- Visit the employment opportunities. These sites are focused specifically on career opportunities for sociology students (undergraduates and graduates) - and remind students that sociology majors are well prepared to handle jobs in the 21st century. and
- Visit UofL's Career Center, which offers practical advice to both current students and alumni on career exploration (including sociology), creating a résumé and cover letter, networking, finding available jobs or internships, career fairs, interviewing, and applying to graduate programs*. You can also access a collection of diversity resources, as well as make an appointment with one of the career coaches.
- Visit CareerBuilder.com and enter "sociology" or "social sciences" in the "Job Title, Skills, or Company" search box. In addition to searching for job opportunities, visitors can also create an account with CareerBuilder, upload their résumés, and receive job recommendations from the site.
- Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov to obtain salary trends for a variety of specific occupations.
*The Career Center offers tips on applying to graduate school, specifically three steps: clarifying goals and school selection, the application process, and paying for graduate school. Additionally. Dr. Weber has provided a list of considerations she discusses with students as they prepare for graduate school.
If you would like to talk to the Director of Academic Services in the Department of Sociology at UofL about careers in sociology or post-graduation strategies, please contact Dr. Jonetta Weber.