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Places of Employment 

Students who major in sociology may find employment in a variety of areas based on their interests, skills, and experience. These areas include human services, corrections/criminal justice, community development, business, and government.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested sociology majors. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for sociology majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

Jobs Reported by Sociology Majors

This is a list of jobs sociology majors reported having at graduation. It was generated from survey data published by colleges and universities across the United States. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration.

  • 401K Plan Administrator for a securities company
  • 911 Operator for a county
  • Account Executive for a marketing company
  • Adult Case Manager for a rehabilitation center
  • Advertising Design and Support Manager for a daily newspaper
  • Agricultural Extension Volunteer for the Peace Corps
  • Analyst for a financial services firm
  • Analyst for an investment bank
  • Assistant Merchandiser for a retail clothing company
  • Associate Product Manager for a professional social networking site
  • Baseball player for a major league team
  • Case Manager for a faith-based social services agency
  • Caseworker for a county agency serving seniors and people with disabilities
  • Caseworker for a social services agency
  • Claims Team Leader for an insurance company
  • Classroom Assistant for Montessori school
  • Coordinator of Social Services for a union
  • Counselor for a residential treatment center for boys
  • Customer Representative for a manufacturer
  • Deputy Clerk for a county probate court
  • Development Associate for a nonprofit organization focusing on women’s reproductive health
  • Development Coordinator for a social services nonprofit serving children and families
  • Director of Human Resources for a Healthcare Center
  • Director of Research for a nonprofit arts organization
  • Director of Volunteer Services for a faith-based organization
  • Environmental Specialist for an environmental consulting firm
  • Evaluator for a state university
  • Executive Director of a county historical society and museum
  • Executive Trainee for a department store
  • Field Supervisor for a state department of corrections
  • Foster Care Coordinator for a faith-based social services agency
  • General Support Coordinator for a nonprofit
  • Housing Coordinator for nonprofit agency serving people who are homeless
  • Human Resources Assistant for a social services nonprofit
  • Instructional Assistant for a public school
  • Juror Clerk for a superior court
  • Labor Organizer for a union
  • Legal Assistant for a law firm
  • Leadership Consultant for a sorority
  • Legislative Correspondent for a member of Congress
  • Management Trainee for a bank
  • Marketing Promotion Coordinator for a magazine publisher
  • Meetings and Events Planner for a travel company
  • Mutual Funds Processing Agent for financial management and advisory company
  • Operations Analyst for a performance management software company
  • Operations Coordinator for a health management organization
  • Patient Care Assistant for a children’s hospital
  • Personnel Administrator for a multinational manufacturing company
  • Police Officer for a city police department
  • Probation and Parole Officer for a state agency
  • Producer’s Assistant for a radio station
  • Production Assistant for a film studio
  • Production Supervisor for an automotive supplier
  • Program Assistant for a social services agency
  • Program Director for a social services organization
  • Program Manager for a financial services firm
  • Program Manager for a multinational computer technology corporation
  • Project Coordinator for a public interest research group
  • Publicity and Promotions Coordinator for a marketing firm
  • Research Analyst for a state health information bureau
  • Research Assistant for a nonprofit focused on community building and advocacy
  • Resident Counselor for a hospital
  • Risk Analyst for a bank
  • Sales Representative and a life insurance company
  • Senior Administrative Assistant for a health insurance company
  • Service Coordinator for a county health program
  • Social Worker for a hospital
  • Special Education Teacher for Teach for America
  • Staff Relations Specialist for national laboratory
  • Supervisor for a nonprofit agency
  • Supply Officer for the military
  • Tutorial Coordinator for a public school
  • Underwriter for a medical malpractice insurance company
  • Youth Care Worker for a county agency
  • Youth Services Navigator for a nonprofit social services agency

Jobs Reported by Sociology Majors (gathered from American Community Survey data)

The following list of job titles was generated from American Community Survey data. Every year, the federal government surveys over 3,000,000 people. This list shows some of the most-often reported careers for people who majored in sociology. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration.

  • SOCIAL WORKERS
  • ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS
  • COUNSELORS
  • POSTSECONDARY TEACHERS
  • LAWYERS, AND JUDGES, MAGISTRATES, AND OTHER JUDICIAL WORKERS
  • POLICE OFFICERS
  • GENERAL AND OPERATIONS MANAGERS
  • SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE MANAGERS
  • HUMAN RESOURCES WORKERS
  • EDUCATION ADMINISTRATORS
  • MANAGEMENT ANALYSTS
  • PARALEGALS AND LEGAL ASSISTANTS
  • HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGERS
  • PROBATION OFFICERS AND CORRECTIONAL TREATMENT SPECIALISTS
  • SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS
  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGERS
  • ACCOUNTANTS AND AUDITORS
  • MARKETING AND SALES MANAGERS
  • CREDIT COUNSELORS AND LOAN OFFICERS
  • FINANCIAL MANAGERS
  • PURCHASING MANAGERS
  • REGISTERED NURSES
  • SALES REPRESENTATIVES, WHOLESALE AND MANUFACTURING
  • MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES MANAGERS
  • INSURANCE SALES AGENTS
  • FUNDRAISERS
  • OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS
  • PSYCHOLOGISTS
  • WEB DEVELOPERS
  • CHIEF EXECUTIVES AND LEGISLATORS
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS
  • DESIGNERS
  • MEETING, CONVENTION, AND EVENT PLANNERS
  • PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS
  • PHYSICAL SCIENTISTS, ALL OTHER
  • CLAIMS ADJUSTERS, APPRAISERS, EXAMINERS, AND INVESTIGATORS
  • DETECTIVES AND CRIMINAL INVESTIGATORS
  • SECURITIES, COMMODITIES, AND FINANCIAL SERVICES SALES AGENTS
  • WRITERS AND AUTHORS
  • MISCELLANEOUS SOCIAL SCIENTISTS, INCLUDING SURVEY RESEARCHERS AND SOCIOLOGISTS
  • BUDGET ANALYSTS
  • MARKET RESEARCH ANALYSTS AND MARKETING SPECIALISTS
  • JUDICIAL LAW CLERKS
  • TECHNICAL WRITERS
  • SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS, APPLICATIONS AND SYSTEMS SOFTWARE
  • PHARMACISTS
  • LIBRARIANS
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS AND GEOSCIENTISTS
  • NETWORK AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATORS
  • PRODUCERS AND DIRECTORS
  • OTHER HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONERS AND TECHNICAL OCCUPATIONS
  • VETERINARIANS
  • COMPUTER SYSTEMS ANALYSTS
  • PERSONAL FINANCIAL ADVISORS
  • TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISTS
  • HEALTH DIAGNOSING AND TREATING PRACTITIONERS, ALL OTHER
  • ELIGIBILITY INTERVIEWERS, GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS
  • PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS
  • CIVIL ENGINEERS
  • BIOLOGICAL SCIENTISTS
  • PUBLIC RELATIONS AND FUNDRAISING MANAGERS
  • ECONOMISTS
  • INSURANCE UNDERWRITERS
  • HEALTH PRACTITIONER SUPPORT TECHNOLOGISTS AND TECHNICIANS
  • TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGERS
  • DATABASE ADMINISTRATORS
  • OPERATIONS RESEARCH ANALYSTS
  • EDITORS
  • FIREFIGHTERS
  • COMPUTER PROGRAMMERS
  • PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Advising & Career Services' Resources

Advising & Career Services has a variety of resources to help students explore potential career fields. These resources include information about typical responsibilities, qualifications, career paths, job outlook, salary, and related careers.

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Vocational Biographies

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  • Community Health Educator
  • United Way Executive Director
  • Social Worker
  • Employment Advisor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor

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Professional Associations

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Internet Sites with Career-Related Information for Sociology Majors

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Internet Sites with Job Search Information for Sociology Majors

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Miscellaneous

Department of Sociology - Portland State University

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