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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
Where they got hired: Sociology, Class of 2014

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.


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


  • Teaching
  • Research


  • 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


  • 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

Where they got hired: Sociology, Class of 2014

The Career Center at Loyola University Maryland conducts an annual follow-up survey with new Loyola graduates between six and nine months after Commencement to paint a comprehensive picture of the professional paths each class has chosen. Nearly 89 percent of the class of 2014 responded to the survey. 

Here's a snapshot of where our 2014 sociology majors were hired or went on to graduate school:


Dickstein and Shapiro - Legal Recruiting and Developmental Assistant
Discovery Communications - Advertising Sales Assistant
EDUA - Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Employer Not Reported - Legal Assistant
KPMG LLP - Recruiting Coordinator
Laurel Police Department - Police Officer
Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP), Juvenile Review Board /Restorative Justice Program, Jesuit Volunteer Corps - Case Manager
University of Maryland, School of Nursing - Tutor
Venable LLP - Litigation Paralegal

Graduate/Professional Schools

EDUA - Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate
University of Maryland, School of Nursing - Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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