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When was the first time that you realized you'd like to study sociology and what work field did you eventually get into?

I'm interested in the study of sociology and physiology and would like to know the different types of jobs that nurture these two studies. It's also interesting to hear stories on why people like to study the behaviors of society. #sociology #human #physiology #behavior

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Kim’s Answer

My decision to study Sociology came from reading a book about seeing-eye-dogs. I thought it would bethe perfect career choice for me to become a seeing-eye dog trainer. When I looked into it, the advice was to major in Sociology. So that is what I did, even though the only schools at the time were located in super-large cities, and I was not a city-girl!

My last semester of college I was working almost full-time as a parking lot cashier at the airport. When they posted an announcement for an opening in the police dept., I jumped on it, even though I had never previously considered a career in law enforcement. That is where I stayed for 25 years. I think my understanding of people helped me to be successful in this career. Although I had some close-calls, I never once got into a fight. What's more important, the research and writing skills that I acquired from writing all those term papers helped me even more. I did a lot of work for the police association - drafting policy changes and submitting pay increase proposals.

I continue to use these research and writing skills doing some freelance work for attorneys.

I don't know about the U.K., but here in the U.S., there are no jobs called "sociologist" for a person with a 4-year degree. You have to make your own career-path. But it can be done!

Best of luck to you!


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Linda’s Answer

Hi Keila. I began as a chemistry major at university. To fulfill my social science general education requirement for graduation, I took a Social Problems course. That course was transformative for me personally and professionally. It was like a lightning bolt struck me. I realized I was insatiably curious about people, all kinds of people. I wanted to know everything there was to know about what made groups of people "tick." I took more courses and eventually changed my major to sociology. I was so passionate about people that I eventually obtained my Ph.D. in sociology. Not only that, I became a sociology professor who loved teaching and students. Looking back, I can't imagine doing anything else with my life. My best to you.