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Overview of major
Potential job titles 
Examples of internships
Possible career fields
Possible work settings
Important skills and abilities
Sample web resources
Print resources
Sample graduate programs pursued by Sociology majors

Overview of major

Sociology students learn to apply basic sociological research techniques and skills, which graduates have found useful in a variety of career tracks. Many students are drawn to sociology, because they are people-oriented and are considering a career in which they will deal with other people, such as law, business, medicine, teaching, government, non-profit organizations, or social work.

Resources

Potential job titles

  • Staff Operations Specialist
  • College Advisor
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Eldercare Specialist
  • Sociologist
  • Attorney
  • Career Counselor
  • Parole Officer
  • Child Care Center Administrator
  • Social Psychologist
  • Social Welfare Administrator
  • Survey Researcher
  • Sociology Professor
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Research Assistant
  • Social Worker
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Family Caseworker

Examples of internships

  • Aunt Hattie’s Place
  • Alternative Directions, Inc.
  • Baltimore County of Social Services
  • Beans & Bread Outreach Center
  • Calvert Elementary School
  • Circuit Court for Baltimore City
  • A Better Chance
  • Department of Juvenile Addiction
  • Department of Juvenile Justice
  • East Baltimore Mental Health Partnership
  • Greater Baltimore Urban League
  • Head Start
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute
  • Keswick House
  • Living Classroom Foundation
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods
  • United Way of Central Maryland

Possible career fields

Human Services

  • Counseling
  • Advocacy
  • Mental health services
  • Case management
  • Programming
  • Administration

Criminal justice

  • Corrections
  • Rehabiliation
  • Judiciary
  • Law enforcement

Education

  • Teaching
  • Research

Government

  • Social statistics
  • Demography
  • Public administration
  • Research
  • Policy analysis
  • Program development
  • Human services
  • City planning
  • Law enforcement

Social science research

  • Research
  • Data analysis
  • Demography
  • Market research
  • Information sourcing

Environment & society 

Business

  • Human resources
  • Training & development
  • Management
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Office administration

Possible work settings

  • Advocacy groups
  • Local, state & federal government
  • Non-profits
  • Consulting firms
  • Court systems
  • Schools & colleges
  • Research institutes
  • Newspapers, magazines & news agencies
  • Corporations
  • Health agencies
  • Advertising & marketing firms
  • Retail
  • Banks
  • Insurance firms
  • Staffing agencies

Important skills and abilities

  • Analytical, synthesizing & interpretation
  • Foreign language
  • Active listening
  • Interpersonal & communication
  • Computer
  • Writing
  • Research & planning
  • Leadership
  • Critical thinking
  • Conflict resolution
  • Insight into group dynamics

Sample web resources

Print resources

(All available in the Career Resource Library in The Career Center)

  • Great Jobs for Sociology Majors (PSY/SOC Category)
  • What to do with your Psychology or Sociology Degree (PSY/SOC Category)
  • Quick Guide to College Majors and Careers (CP Section)
  • Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors (CP Section)
  • Graduate Programs in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (Grad Section)
  • Requirements for Certification of Teachers, Counselors, Librarians, and Administrators (Grad Section)
  • Cracking the GRE (Grad Section)
  • How to Write a Winning Personal Statement for Graduate and Professional School (Grad Section) 

Sample graduate programs pursued by Sociology majors

  • Master of Social Work
  • MA, International Relations
  • MEd, School Counseling
  • MA, Administration & Supervision
  • MA, Liberal Studies
  • MA, Pastoral Counseling
  • MA, Sociology
  • JD
  • PhD, Human Services
  • MA, Social Sciences

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