Sociology Major Career Planning Options
Sociology is concerned with understanding people in their “social” context. Rivier University sociology majors are trained to study and evaluate the effects of gender, socialization, socioeconomic class status, religion, and community in individual and group behavior. They are concerned with social customs and norms and the role that expectations or common beliefs and values are likely to have on group members. The analytical skills gained in examining changes, causes, and consequences of human behavior in groups, are crucial for today’s multicultural and globally oriented work environments. In support of cooperative work arrangements, sociology fosters a sense of understanding and empathy rather than disconnection and potential prejudice. Visit Rivier’s Sociology Department for information on degrees and course offerings.
Sociology Major Skills
|Statistical Abilities||Resolve Conflicts/Counseling|
|Knowledge of Community Resources||Work Well Under Pressure|
|Analyze, Synthesize & Interpret Information||Interpersonal Communication (oral & written)|
|Interact Well with Diverse Cultures/Groups||Knowledge of Social Structures and Change|
|Insight into Group Dynamics||Research and Planning (Sociological)|
|Critical Thinking||Computer Skills (data processing & analysis)|
|Ability to Understand & Improve Human Relationships|
Career Paths in Sociology
Careers for new sociology graduates are diverse and dependent upon one’s interests, abilities, work values, academic emphasis and practical experience in the field. A sociology degree offers a strong liberal arts and science foundation and a wide variety of options including careers in research and data analysis, public employment, anthropology, criminal justice, social activism, teaching, human services, travel and tourism, law, media, and human resource management among others. Sociology majors are encouraged to combine their studies with experience and course work related to specialized areas of interest. For example, at Rivier, those with an interest in applied human services may choose to minor in Social Work, where they’ll learn the history and methods of the social work profession while integrating a practical internship at a social service agency into their educational experience. Some career specialties require advanced degrees in social work, counseling, business administration, health care, law, or other disciplines.
Sociology graduates may work as . . .
(The following are titles from across the industry. Some of these jobs may require education or experience beyond a bachelor’s degree.)
Human Rights Officer
Sociology graduates may work at . . .
Public Health Departments
State & United States Government
Ways to Increase Employability
- Pursue elective course work or additional training related to one’s professional field of interest.
- Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
- Become an active student member of university, community, or professional organizations, which enhance leadership skills and promote networking relationships with fellow professionals.
- Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through relevant part-time, full-time, and summer job/internship positions.
Sources of Information on Majors, Careers, and Employment in Sociology
- Rivier University Faculty Advisors, Academic Advisors, & Psychology Department Resources
- Professionals Working in the Field
- Professional Organizations
- Rivier University Career Development Center Counseling Staff, Website & Office Resources
Rivier University’s Career Development Center Resources
Effective career decision-making evolves through a process of gathering accurate self-knowledge and significant information about the major or career being explored. The Rivier University Career Development Center offers individual counseling and career resources regarding self-assessment, career exploration, gaining practical experience, and job searching skills. For more information, contact us at 897-8345. The following is a partial list of career resources, available in our office, which may be of interest to Sociology majors:
- 100 Jobs in Social Change
- Careers in Counseling and Human Services
- Extraordinary Jobs in the Service Sector
- Great Jobs for Sociology Majors
- Real People Working in Helping Professions
- Peterson’s Graduate Programs in Humanities, Arts & Sciences
Professional & Rivier University Organizations Related to Sociology
- American Sociological Association
- National Association of Social Workers
- American Psychological Association
- Alliance for Children and Families
- Society for Applied Sociology
- American Planning Association (A non-profit public interest and research organization representing members involved with urban and rural planning issues. Encourages the formulation of planning policies and land use regulations that contribute to the development of more effective communities and environments.)
- American Counseling Association
- The National Council for Social Studies
Career Related Websites for Sociology Majors
- Human Services Careers (Includes informational links, graduate school info, types of jobs available, professional organizations, and job links – from the Web Exchange)
- A Guide to Social Change Careers (Links to Social Change Organizations, Career Resource Lists, & Online Job Search)
- SocioWeb Sociology Jobs
- American Sociological Association – Careers and Jobs Information
- Idealist.org – Career and employment information in the non-profit industry
- The New Social Worker Online Career Center (The Magazine for Social Work Students and New Graduates Career and Employment Info)
- Social Service and Social Work Jobs (Search jobs submitted by social service employers in every state.)
- Social Work & Social Services Jobs Online