What Career Options Are Available for Sociology Students?
Most of the people who think of themselves as sociologists or are employed as sociologists have graduate training, but BAs in sociology also are sociologists and hold a wide variety of jobs in the private and public sectors. Majors in sociology are equipped to pursue careers in public, private, and post-graduate sectors in government, industry, and university settings. Those completing a traditional major have pursued careers in sales, personnel work, public relations, and a variety of managerial positions. Those completing either a Law, Justice, and Society or a Social Inequality emphasis can pursue varieties of careers within the criminal justice or political systems. Those completing a Health and Well Being emphasis have a number of options within the medical field open to them. Each emphasis equips majors with skills to pursue graduate studies in Sociology, as well as specialized fields such as Law, Criminal Justice, Medical Sociology, and Political Sociology.
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Upon graduating as a sociology major or minor from TCU, the particular types of career opportunities available to you will largely depend upon your specific areas of interest. A mere glimpse of the many career options potentially available include careers in business, public relations, human resources, health care administration, counseling, social research, marketing, organizational consulting, and marketing research. Sociology majors are also in demand in the public sector—in public administration, politics, the criminal justice system, and in federal, state, municipal, and community agencies. Students graduate with a sociological understanding of human behavior and social organization which are considered valuable assets by the majority of employers.
The Sociology degree also offers a firm foundation for students who wish to pursue graduate school in sociology or related areas such as administration, education, law, and business. Students interested in exploring graduate school options should contact their Sociology advisor.
Sociology majors and minors are encouraged to take Applied Sociology 30213, which explores careers options related to sociology and prepares students for internships. TCU Career Services indicates that upon graduation, students should have had at least three internships in order to be highly competitive in the job market. The TCU Sociology Systematic Career Checklist is available for download for students to use to measure their career development progress.
Contact Keith Whitworth, Internship Coordinator, at email@example.com or 817-257-5941 for more information regarding career development. In addition, the following links are provided as a means for students to learn more about career and graduate school opportunities for Sociology students.
TCU Career Services - This is a great place to start in regard to exploring careers and graduate schools.
Sociology - Looking to the Future - Information on the bright future for the field of Sociology
Career Resources for Undergraduates (ASA)
Sociological Specialties: Many Paths to Understanding Society
The Sociology Major: As Preparation for Careers in Business and Organizations
Careers in Sociology - American Sociological Association