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What jobs can you get if you have a sociology degree?

Seen this question a lot but never got a clear answer. #psychology

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Christina E.’s Answer

Hello Devetra,


Its a great question and I believe the answers listed above are very good. Another resource for you is What Can I Do With This Major - it will list every type of industry and job for this major. It also lists job boards, professional associations and other resources you might find helpful: http://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/major/sociology/


Good luck!


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Blake’s Answer

Hey Devetra,

I often see guidance counselor and HR listed as common jobs for a sociology degree. However, there are many more opportunities.

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Kim’s Answer

Hi Devetra!


To answer your question. . .


There are many jobs available to people with a Sociology degree! The degree requires a lot of research and writing, teaching you to think critically about things. And of course, it teaches you about people! It is a welcome degree in all areas of Social Services: Food stamp, housing, literacy, health community education (AIDs awareness, etc), Unemployment programs, as well as in the private sector, such as in Banking, Human Resources , Sales, etc.


You will find there are many jobs that want a degree, ANY degree. It's just a requirement to get in the door. You will need to focus on attaining some marketable skills through jobs, work study, and internships. Then you will sell yourself for the position, explaining how those skills are "transferrable" to the position you are applying for.


Using myself as an example: I started out doing retail sales (customer service experience). Got a BA in Sociology. Became a police officer, staying there for 25 years. While there, did a lot of work with the police association, advocating for increased professionalism, morale, wages, and benefits. We were actually quite successful. I drew on my education as I drafted proposals and met with city leaders. Since retiring, I work at the state workforce office, helping people to find jobs. It's not supposed to be a "counseling" position, but it is, as people are stressed out by life and job loss. On the side, I apply my research and law enforcement skills by doing some work obtaining records for lawyers and reviewing documents for the case.


I have had many clients at the workforce office who had sociology degrees. They all had very different career paths. It's whatever you make it!


I hope this has helped somewhat!
Kim

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