What Can You Do With A Major In Sociology?


Sociology is the study of human behavior and the interaction among groups and institutions and the ways that they influence each other. Sociology is concerned with social events, focusing on social stratification, deviant behavior, affects of mass media, urban organization, educational systems, and mental health. Specialties in this area include criminology, demography, cultural traditions, family relations, gerontology, social welfare, race relations, social status, and social change.

Social Welfare


Typical Career Paths
Human Services
Criminal Justice
Social Science Research
Environmental Sociology


Some Related Career Titles

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Entry Level Jobs 

Adoption Agent

Adoption Coordinator

Adoption Counselor


Research Assistant


2 Years Minimum Experience and/or Master Degree

Licensed Social Worker 

Child Development Consultant 

Recreation Director 

Regional Planner 

Urban Planner 







General Career Directions

Adoption Agent
Aging Specialist
Community Developer
Data Analyst
Government Worker
Mental Health Worker
Policy Analyst
Recreation Director
Research Assistant
School Counselor
Social Worker
Urban Planner
Regional Planner
Welfare Counselor


Typical Employers/Work Settings

Childcare Facilities
Community Service Organizations
Consulting Firms Industry
State and Local Government Agencies
Federal Government Agencies
Law Enforcement
Marketing Research Firms
Media Agencies
Medical Companies
Non-profit Organizations
Rehabilitation Centers
Research Institutes
Retirement Communities
Social Services Agencies
Religiously Affiliated Organizations
Private Foundations
Hospitals and Wellness Centers
Correctional Facilities
Insurance Companies
Law Firms
K-12 Schools
Public Opinion Research 
Retail Stores


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Beginning Salary Range: 

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) summer 2011 Salary Survey, beginning salaries for graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology on average start at $36,156 a year.

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Skills Needed For This Career  


 Analyze, Synthesize & Interpret Information

Knowledge of Social Structures and Change

Interpersonal Communication (oral & written)

Interact well with Diverse Cultures/ Groups

Knowledge of Community Resources

Research and Planning (sociological)

Statistical Abilities

Critical Thinking

Ability to Understand & Improve Human Relationships

Resolve Conflicts/ Counseling

Insight into Group Dynamics

Work Well Under Pressure

Computer Skills (data processing & analysis)




Links to Professional Associations 

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases.
American Counseling Association  
American Mental Health Counselor Association
American Public Human Services Associate
American Sociological Association
National Association of Social Workers 

American Sociological Association Resources for Students
International Sociological Association
Society for the Study of Social Problems
The American Society for Criminology
Justice Studies Association

Global Studies Association of North America



Job Search Information 

National Organizations or Databases 


Local Organizations or Databases 



Graduate Schools 

Local Programs - Master of Arts in Sociology and other related programs
Florida Atlantic University
Florida International University
Florida State University
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
University of Miami
University of South Florida
Other resources for graduate program research



Link to UNF Program 

The College of Arts and Sciences  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Arts in  Sociology. 


Holland Codes 

Sociology- Investigative; Artistic; Social (IAS)
Social Welfare- Social; Artistic; Enterprising (SAE)


Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview with or shadow a professional in the field to gain more knowledge about this career
  • Do at least one internship related to your career goal/program of study before graduating to gain experience
  • Get involved in volunteer work and community service
  • Develop leadership skills through on-campus activities such as Presidential Envoys, Residence Assistant, Student Government, Peer Advisor, etc.
  • Develop team skills through involvement in student clubs and organizations on campus
  • Join a professional association related to your career choice
  • Look for summer jobs at camps, YMCAs, or other social service organizations
  • Gain experience working with diverse populations




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