Career Profiles: Sociology

CSULB Department of Sociology

Sociology is the study of social life, social change and social causes and consequences of human behavior. The major in sociology is intended to serve as preparation for careers in teaching, delivery and administration of social and health services, urban and environmental studies, law, government service at local, state and federal level and related occupations. The major also provides training for advanced graduate work. A bachelor's degree in sociology provides an excellent liberal arts foundation for embarking on a wide range of career paths. Sociology majors learn skills , such as developing evidence-based arguments, writing clear reports, interpreting data, and identifying ethical issues. Sociology also teaches students a variety of interpersonal skills, such as working in groups, using leadership skills, and working with people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

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Career Possibilities:

Additional experience and/or education may be required

  • Academic Advisor
  • Activity Director
  • Adoption Counselor
  • Banker
  • City Planning Aide
  • College Outreach Specialist
  • Community Organizer
  • Eligibility Worker
  • Employment Interviewer
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Management Trainee and Sales
  • Market Researcher
  • Public Relations
  • School Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Sociologist
  • Urban Planner
  • Youth Coordinator

Where Employed:

  • Banks
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Consulting firms
  • Courts and correctional institutions
  • Government agencies
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Insurance companies
  • Law enforcement agencies
  • Law Firms
  • Mental health clinics
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Research firms
  • Social service agencies
  • Wholesale/retail companies

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