What to do with a degree in Sociology

Sociology ‘prompts students to ask questions, and provides the necessary research tools to answer these questions in a proactive approach to enacting change in everyday life.’

Sociology modules provide

  • Critical thinking skills;
  • Writing and communication skills;
  • Research skills;
  • Enhanced ability to challenge the ‘taken-for-granted,’ and hence “think outside the box”;
  • Ability to plan long term projects effectively;
  • Knowledge of social trends;
  • Strong awareness of societal concerns and population dynamics developed through data collection and analysis;
  • Ability to gather and organize data, write clearly, and defend an argument;
  • Understanding of social relations;
  • Understanding of the workings of organizations;
  • Understanding of specific social institutions (depending on courses): the criminal justice system, workplaces, health care, education, families, the media, and so on.

Career Areas of Interest

Graduates of Sociology have worked in many different fields. Below is a sample of areas you may be interested in; however this list is not exhaustive.

  • Academia;
  • Business;
  • Community Development;
  • Consumer Relations;
  • Correctional Services;
  • Criminology;
  • Education;
  • Environmental;
  • Government;
  • Health Care;
  • Hospitality;
  • Human Resources;
  • Immigration
  • Labour Relations;
  • Law Enforcement;
  • Market Research;
  • Media;
  • Non-Profit;
  • Policy Development;
  • Public Relations;
  • Social Services;
  • United Nations;
  • Child & Youth Services.

Career Paths for Sociology Graduates

  • Admissions Officer;
  • Census Officer;
  • Child Protection Worker;
  • Claims Adjuster;
  • Community Affairs Officer;
  • Community Worker;
  • Demographer;
  • Disaster Response Coordinator;
  • Economic Development Officer;
  • Employment Services Worker;
  • Equal Opportunity Specialist;
  • ESL Teacher;
  • Human Resources Specialist;
  • Immigration Resettlement Counsellor;
  • Industrial Relations Officer;
  • International Development Worker;
  • Journalist;
  • Legislative Aid;
  • Market Research Analyst;
  • Parole/Probation Officer;
  • Policy Analyst;
  • Promotions Coordinator;
  • Recreation Therapist;
  • Social Assistance Advocate;
  • Urban/Regional Planner
  • Victim Services Coordinator.

Skills of the Sociology Graduate

In Sociology you develop a wide variety of skills, including the ability to:

  • Analyze relationships between various factors and communicate findings clearly and effectively in oral and written form;
  • Plan, conduct, analyze and interpret research with accuracy, attention to detail and critical thinking skills;
  • Understand the perspectives, beliefs and norms of various social and cultural groups with attention to the verbal and nonverbal communication and behaviour;
  • Understand human relationships while using multidisciplinary knowledge to increase awareness of the social, community, ethical, and policy issues currently being identified and addressed;
  • Interact with diverse cultures and groups, understand group dynamics and resolve conflicts through mediation;
  • Identify and understand institutional and cultural values combined with knowledge of social structures, change, statistical analysis, and social research;
  • Use comparative study and examination to develop new conclusions and project ideas while communicatying cross-culturally.

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