Careers in Sociology
Preparing for a Career
Sociology has the advantage of preparing its graduates to work in a number of different fields. The required statistics and methods courses provide background in both qualitative and quantitative research, all of the courses promote critical thinking and excellent writing skills, and the study of sociology promotes an understanding of social structures and situations that can be extremely useful in any occupation.
The Career Matrix* developed by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville provides general strategies to prepare for a variety of career paths open to sociology majors. We are also in the process of collecting more specific information on preparing for certain career paths that are often chosen by sociology majors. Note that this is under development, and more job categories will be added as we research them.
Finding a Job
While some students go on to graduate school after completing a sociology degree, others prefer to get a job, either as the beginning of a career path or to gain experience before continuing their education. The American Sociological Association provides a Jobs, Careers, and Sociological Skills* report on early employment experiences of recent sociology majors, which can give a sense of what jobs sociology majors have found immediately after completing their undergraduate degrees. The ASA also publishes a pamphlet, 21st Century careers with an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology. You can obtain a copy of it from the main sociology office in McGuinn 426.
BC’s Career Center can be helpful when you are preparing for a job search. Their website offers a resume section which includes several samples, and they will even review your completed resume to help you make it stronger. The Career Center also has a number of job searching links. Note that the Center continues to provide services for BC students who have already graduated, see their alumni section.
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