What can I do with a sociology degree?
Anyone who has ever studied sociology has probably heard this question many times from friends, family members, and co-workers. The truth is a degree in sociology will prepare you for a career in a wide range of fields and occupations. Ask most job recruiters what skills they look for in college graduates and most will rattle off many of the proficiencies you learn by studying sociology: writing and speaking clearly; working cohesively in a group; thinking strategically and critically; being able to conceptualize the bigger picture; and collecting and analyzing data. By gaining these skills through your sociology coursework you will be ideally positioned to pursue any number of professional positions when you graduate.
Sociology provides you with a broad and versatile path for careers in policy, human services, criminal justice, business, or research, among others. According to ASA 21st Century Careers and the “What Can I Do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology?”(2007) survey, more than 80 percent of the students surveyed 18 months after graduation were employed. Of those, 27 percent were in social service/counselor occupations, 16 percent in administrative support, 14 percent in management, 10 percent in sales/marketing, 8 percent in teaching, 8 percent in services, 7 percent in professions including public relations and information technology, 6 percent in social science research, and 4 percent in others.
Need proof? Just read through our alumni profiles to learn about the varied experiences of some of our SUNY New Paltz sociology graduates.
For additional information check out some of the many sources available through the American Sociological Association.
You may have heard of these sociologists
The list of prominent figures that hold a sociology degree is quite extensive and diverse. While many are not necessarily Sociologists with a capital “S” it shows that you are in good company. Here is a list of some names you may have heard of:
And there are more...