Given the breadth, adaptability, and utility of sociology, employment opportunities abound for B.A. graduates. You can secure entry-level positions in many areas. The following list of possibilities is only illustrative - many other paths may be open to you. Employment sectors include:

  • Social services - in rehabilitation, case management, group work with youth or the elderly, recreation or administration
  • Community work - in fund-raising for social service organizations, non-profits, child-care or community development agencies or groups
  • Corrections - in probation, parole or other areas of criminal justice.
  • Business - in advertising, marketing and consumer research, insurance, real estate, personnel work, training or sales
  • College settings - in admissions, alumni relations or placement offices
  • Health services - in family planning, substance abuse, rehabilitation, counseling, health planning, hospital admissions and insurance companies
  • Publishing, journalism and public relations - in writing, research and editing
  • Government services - in federal, state and local government jobs in such areas as transportation, housing, agriculture and labor
  • Teaching - in elementary schools, in conjunction with appropriate teacher certification

Some advantages accrue to entering the work force with a BA in Sociology. Employers are often willing to train BA graduates in the specific skills and knowledge required for their workplace, so you could begin a good career by rising through the ranks. Many organizations might also invest in additional education or training for promising employees.

Sociology Careers/Occupational Opportunities in Government, Private Business, Museums, Education, Health Services, Research, Marketing

Administrative Assistant Labor Mediator
Camp Director Legal Professions *
Career Guidance Life Coach
Case Aide Management Aide/Relocation
College Professor * Worker
Community Organization Worker Management Trainee
Community Relations & Service Market Researcher
Advisor Marketing Manager
Corporate Consultant Parole/Probation Office
Corrections Officer Payroll Supervisor
Courts Personnel/Human Resources
Criminology Researacher Management
Demographer Police Officer
Educational Researcher Public Health Worker
Employee Relations Specialist Public Opinion Researcher
Equal Opportunity Reprresentative Public Relations Representative
Family Caseworker Publishing Assistant
Foreign Service Officer Purchasing Agent
Group Home Counselor Recreation Leader
Health Officer Field Rehabilitation Counselor
Human Service Researcher Research Assistant
Immigration Inspector Teacher, Elementary School **
Industrial Sociologist Technician
Institutional Researcher Testing and Evaluatons Director
Intake Supervisor of Juveniles Training Supervisor
Intelligence Agent TV Audience Researcher
Urban Planner
* Requires advanced degree
** Requires education certification

Famous Sociology Majors

Though your parents may not believe it, there are thousands of accomplished people with B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in sociology, who are not necessarily Sociologists with a capital "S". Below is a list of just a few.

Wellington Webb, Mayor of Denver
Brett Schundler, Mayor of Jersey City
Annette Strauss, former Mayor of Dallas
Rev. Martin Luther King
Roy Wilkins, former head of NAACP
Rev. Jesse Jackson
Rev. Ralph Abernathy
Shirley Chisholm, former Congresswoman from New York
Maxine Waters, Congresswoman from Los Angeles
Barbara Mikulski, United States Senator from Maryland
Tim Holden, Congressman from Pennsylvania
Cardinal Theordore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, DC
Saul Alinsky, father of community organizing
Saul Bellow, novelist
Ronald Reagan, former United States President (double major in Sociology and Economics)
Emily Balch, 1946 Nobel Peace Prize winner (a social worker and social reformer)
Francis Perkins, social reformer and former Secretary of Labor
Richard Barajas, Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court
Daniel Patrick Moynihan - former United States Senator from New York

Martha Beck, Ph.D. , life coach and monthly columnist for O: The Oprah Magazine
Saul Bellow, novelist
Regis Philbin, TV host
Dan Aykroyd, actor/Blues Brother
Robin Williams, actor/comedian
Paul Shaffer, bandleader on David Letterman Show (before that, Saturday Night Live)
Dinah Shore, singer
Ruth Westheimer, the "sex doctor"

Alonzo Mourning, Miami Heat
Bryant Stith, Boston Celtics
Brian Jordan, Atlanta Braves
Joe Theisman, NFL quarterback
Eric Bjornson, Dallas Cowboys
Bobby Taylor, Eagles cornerback
Ahmad Rashad, Sportscaster
Latrel Sprewell, Minnesota Timberwolves (former NY Knicks)

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