What Can I do With a Degree in Sociology?

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Ideas for Careers and/or 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.

List of Employers who Posted Jobs in the PSU Job Database for Sociology Majors

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested sociology majors. Career-related internships or part-time jobs may be a prerequisite for finding professional-level employment after graduation. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for sociology majors. This list does not reflect current openings.

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Careers Reported by Sociology Majors on College/University Surveys

This is a list of jobs sociology majors reported having at (or shortly after) 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.

  • 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 an investment bank
  • Associate Product Manager for a professional social networking site
  • 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
  • Coordinator of Social Services for a union
  • Counselor for a residential treatment center for boys
  • 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
  • Field Supervisor for a state department of corrections
  • Foster Care Coordinator for a faith-based social services agency
  • Housing Coordinator for nonprofit agency serving people who are homeless
  • Human Resources Assistant for a social services nonprofit
  • Juror Clerk for a superior court
  • Labor Organizer for a union
  • Leadership Consultant for a sorority
  • Legislative Correspondent for a member of Congress
  • Marketing Promotion Coordinator for a magazine publisher
  • 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
  • Production Assistant for a film studio
  • Program Assistant for a social services agency
  • Program Director for a social services organization
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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Careers Reported by Sociology Majors on the American Community Survey

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. Please be aware that additional education, internships, or career-related experience may be a prerequisite to some of the careers on this list. Advising & Career Services provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for exploration. To find a brief description of the following occupations, go the the Standard Occupational Classification system.

  • Social Workers
  • Elementary and Middle School Teachers
  • Counselors
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Lawyers, and Judges, Magistrates, and other Judicial Workers
  • Human Resources Workers
  • Education Administrators
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Registered Nurses
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Management Analysts
  • Sales Representatives
  • Chief Executives and Legislators
  • Clergy
  • Financial Managers
  • Marketing and Sales Managers
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Psychologists
  • Probation Officers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Designers
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Writers and Authors
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Librarians
  • Compliance Officers
  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Fundraisers
  • Training and Development Specialists
  • Producers and Directors
  • Web Developers
  • Editors

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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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Department of Sociology - Portland State University

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