What can I do with a Sociology Degree after Hiram?

The American Sociological Association recently published a Data Brief (2008) on the current jobs of a representative sample of students who graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor's degree in sociology. 60% were currently working, 13% were in graduate school, and 22% were both working and going to school, and 5% were doing neither. The top three occupation categories of the working graduates included social service (27%), clerical/administrative support (16%), and management (14%). To illustrate each of these broad occupational categories, the study reported a number of job descriptions by the graduate of their current jobs. Below are examples from the Data Brief:

Social Service

"I work with victims of domestic violence, specifically educating and transporting victims, providing court advocacy, one-on-one sessions, and crisis calls and handle annual government reporting and budgeting."

"I work for a not-for-profit organization, which specializes in creating and managing service-learning programs for young people."

Administrative Support

"I manage the schedule of a State Representative. I research policy and legislative options, organize town hall events, and assisting constituents in accessing state government."

"I am an immigration specialist for a large company. I write petitions for people to receive their H1Bs and green cards."


"I handle a government contract for the State Department to plan interagency intelligence conferences. I plan all the lecture programs for the general public about international topics."

"I do workforce planning and data collection for an agency."

Additional Resources

To learn more about the field of sociology, see the following professional organizations' websites:

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