What Can I Do With a Major in Sociology?

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Whether they will admit it or not, most sociology students are at least a little bit nervous about what their employment options will be after college. Sure, they love the subject that they’re studying, but will it help them get a job?

In many ways, yes! After all, the streets aren’t lined with unemployed sociology majors. And even though their studies don’t directly prepare them to work in a specific occupation, sociology majors normally have a very flexible skill set. Graduates from these programs go on to work in many diverse fields.

Very few students who major in sociology go on to work in an occupation that’s related to their major. In fact, sociology majors go on to work in many different industries and are able to do many different types of work.

Many graduates from sociology programs work as teachers. Others work as guidance counselors, editors, marketing directors, consultants, salesmen, social workers, and many other things.

The truth is, the success of anyone’s career is dependent on planning. You don’t have to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life while you’re in college, but you should come up with a plan for what you want to do now (or even two years from now).

Often times, getting an internship can be an incredibly beneficial way to figure out what you want to do with yourself after graduation (and it provides the work experience and networking connections you will need to find full time employment). To learn more about available internship opportunities, stop by your college’s career services center.

Career Options for Sociology Majors

Below are some of the most common career choices for people who earn an undergraduate degree in sociology. This is not a comprehensive list, but it should give you a good idea of the types of things you can do with a degree in sociology.

Occupation Median Salary Median Hourly Current jobs Outlook Required Education
Anthropologist $54,230 $26.07 5,790 Good Master’s degree
College Professor $62,050 $29.83 1,756,000 Good Graduate Degree
Editor $51,470 $24.75 129,600 Normal Bachelor’s Degree
Elementary School Teacher $51,660 $24.84 1,549,520 Good Bachelor’s Degree
High School Teacher $53,230 $25.59 1,109,500 Good Bachelor’s Degree
Kindergarten Teacher $48,800 $23.46 179,520 Normal Bachelor’s Degree
Lawyer $112,760 $54.21 759,190 Good Law Degree
Market Research Analyst $60,660 $29.16 249,810 Good Bachelor’s degree
Middle School Teacher $51,960 $24.98 659,460 Good Bachelor’s Degree
Probation Officer $47,200 $22.69 93,200 Normal Bachelor’s degree
Public Relations Manager $91,810 $44.14 56,720 Normal Bachelor’s Degree
Public Relations Specialist $52,090 $25.04 258,100 Good Bachelor’s degree
Recreation Worker $22,260 $10.70 327,530 Good On the job training
School Counselor $53,380 $25.66 281,400 Good Master’s degree
School Psychologist $66,810 $32.12 152,000 Normal Graduate degree
Social Service Manager $57,950 $27.86 130,560 Normal Bachelor’s degree
Social Worker $42,480 $20.42 350,500 Good Bachelor’s degree
Sociologist $72,360 $34.79 4,920 Good Master’s Degree
Statistician $73,720 $35.44 22,560 Normal Master’s Degree
Substance Abuse Counselor $38,120 $18.33 85,500 Good Master’s degree
Urban Planner $67,090 $32.25 38,400 Normal Master’s Degree
Writer / Author $55,420 $26.64 145,900 Normal Bachelor’s Degree