Careers for Sociology Majors

Our undergraduates go on to careers in business (sales, marketing, management), human services (child welfare, social welfare, human services), criminal justice (law enforcement, courts, corrections), the non-profit sector (advocacy, community outreach), the government sector (legislation, research, planning, evaluation), and many other careers. Check out some of the options for sociology majors.

Keep in mind that some careers require industry-specific training or credentials.  For example, social workers must complete M.A. or M.S.W. degrees and complete certificate training, College and University Professors require Ph.D.s at most schools to be on faculty, and in Minnesota, police officers must complete some additional coursework in a Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) program.  The University (and the Department of Sociology) is not a POST program.

Education

  • Academic Advisor
  • Admissions Counselor
  • Alumni Relations Professional
  • Career Counselor
  • Diversity Educator
  • Guidance Counselor
  • Office Administrator
  • Orientation Coordinator
  • Research Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Social Sciences Teacher (K-12)
  • Professor of Social Sciences (University)

Business

  • Administrator
  • Buyer
  • Communications Professional
  • Consumer Researcher
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Employee Assistant
  • Employee Development Specialist
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Manager
  • Marketing Strategist
  • Negotiator/Mediator
  • Personnel Director
  • Personnel Trainer
  • Project Manager
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Realtor
  • Recruiter
  • Sales Representative
  • Statistician

Non-Profit & Social Services

  • Victim Advocate
  • Child Advocate
  • Community Development Worker
  • Child Care worker
  • HIV Counselor
  • Grant Writer
  • Social Welfare Examiner
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Welfare Counselor
  • Youth Services Worker
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Policy Analyst
  • Program Developer
  • Urban Developer
  • Environmental Advocate
  • Disability Advocate
  • Social Worker
  • Family Violence Prevention Specialist
  • Program Director
  • Diversity Coordinator
  • Social Activist

Criminal Justice

  • Corrections Officer
  • City Planner
  • Community Researcher
  • Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Paralegal
  • Parole Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Social Activist
  • FBI Agent
  • Crime Statistician
  • Victims Rights Advocate
  • Violence Prevention Specialist
  • Community Liaison

See more information on careers in Criminal Justice.

Health & Wellness

  • Nurse
  • Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Coach
  • Health Coach
  • Health Educator
  • Health Service Manager
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Reproductive Clinician
  • Physical Therapist     
  • Occupational Therapist     
  • Patient Advocate

Graduate School Programs

  • Masters in Business Administration
  • Masters in Public Policy
  • Masters in Public Health
  • Masters in Non-Profit Management
  • Masters in Social Work
  • Masters in Human Resources
  • Masters in Criminal Justice
  • Masters/PhD in Counseling
  • Law School
  • PhD in Sociology