What can you do with a sociology degree?
How to tell your parents you are majoring in sociology…
Perhaps you took an introductory sociology class and found it really fascinating. You’d like to make more sociology classes and possibly change your major. But, could you find a job with a sociology major? What would that look like?
Have you made the decision to major in sociology, but you aren’t sure your parents would approve Whether your parents are helping to foot the bill for college or not, they often have opinions on what you should or should not major in. After all, they just want the best for you. Choosing a major in sociology can make parents a bit wary or concerned about your future.
Fortunately, there are answers and explanations for both of your concerns.
1. They don’t understand what sociology is or what skills you will walk away with as a sociology major (it’s not their fault, we’re a very misunderstood and underrepresented discipline).
Sociology is the study of human behavior, particularly of people in groups. As a sociology major, you will learn myriad skills that are extremely valuable to employers and graduate programs. These skills include technical skills as well as soft skills (also known as transferable skills). I’ve listed a few below:
- Recognizing patterns in human behavior
- Creative thinking
- Critical thinking
- Research methods
- Data visualization
- Data analysis
- Synthesis of information
- Oral and written communication skills
2. They are afraid that you will become the punchline of the joke “What does a liberal arts major say? – “Do you want fries with that?” (sarcastic har har – there are so many issues with this joke, but that is another topic for another day). But this just isn’t true. Sociologists are sought after in many industries, including some you might not expect. Below is a list of some of the job opportunities for sociologists.
- UX Researcher
- Policy Analyst
- Research Analyst
- Diversity Manager
- Data Analyst
- Project Manager
- Human Resources Coordinator
- Social Researcher
- Probation Officer (depending on the requirements of your state)
3. Sociology degrees can also help jump-start your academic career or increase your earning potential by giving you skills and experience sought after by graduate programs and employers. This major is a really good choice for you if you plan to obtain a master’s degree or further your education in any of the following fields:
- Criminal Justice
- Public Health
- Social Work
- Public Relations
Hear from actual sociologist on the Making The Familiar Strange Podcast
A sociology podcast for non-sociologists.
Every day, we move through the world impacted by the social structures we’ve created.
Sociologists use rigorous scientific research to examine how the social structures you interact with on a daily basis impact your life, possibly in ways you hadn’t thought of.
This is finding the strange in the familiar.
Every episode, Dr. Erin Baker and a co-host who isn’t in the field will be interviewing other sociologists about their work. Keep listening to learn how to Make the Familiar Strange.
Dr. Erin Baker delves into the topic of sociology with her co-hosts and a variety of guest experts in the field of sociology.