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Sociology: Careers

The Office of Career Services at Manchester University has compiled information on career options for sociology majors:

Employment Skills


Related Occupations

Additional Information

Some Related Skills

  • Proficiency in interpersonal communication

  • Ability to conduct and explain sociological research clearly

  • Expertise in applying sociological research to policy issues

  • Insight into organizational and structural determinants of human behavior

  • Skilled in relating to people of diverse backgrounds in various situations

  • Knowledge of community resources

  • Proficiency in reading comprehension, writing and speaking

  • Critical thinking skills to analyze problems and recommend appropriate actions

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Some Related Occupations




Probation Officer

Case Worker

Educator Market Research Analyst Psychologist

Child Care Worker

Epidemiologist Minister Public Administrator

Church Worker

Geographer Missionary Public Health Worker

City Manager

Gerontologist Peace Corps/VISTA Volunteer

Public Opinion Pollster



Personnel Manager

Public Relations Manager


Hospital Administrator Police Officer

Research Assistant


Human Services Worker Policy Analyst Recreation Worker


Labor Relations Specialist Political Scientist Social Worker
      Survey Worker
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Possible Employers of Sociology Majors

Business corporations Correctional institutions Labor unions Public relations firms
Churches and religious organizations Governmental agencies Market research departments/firms Social service agencies

Colleges and universities

Hospitals Personnel departments  
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Additional Information

Information Available from the Manchester University Office of Career Services, including:

  • Employment statistics of recent MU graduates with sociology major

  • Good Works--A Guide to Careers in Social Change

  • Great Jobs for Sociology Majors

  • For Your Action

  • How to Make Use of a Useless Degree

  • The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People

  • The Job Seekers Guide to Socially Responsible Companies

  • Careers for Travel Buffs & Other Restless Types

  • Making a Living While Making a Difference

  • Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors

  • 150 Best Companies for Liberal Arts Graduates

  • Non-Profits and Education Job Finder
    A variety of Occupational, College Major, Internet, and Job Search Resources

American Sociological Association              

1722 N St. NW
Washington DC 20036
ph: 202.833.3410   fx: 202.785.0146

Law and Society Association                        

University of Massachusetts
Hampshire House
Box 33615
Amherst MA 01003
ph: 413.545.4617   fx: 413.545.1640

Society for the Study of Social Problems

906 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee, Dept. Of Sociology
Knoxville TN 37996
ph: 423.974.3620   fx: 423.974.7013

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