The sociology major has special characteristics that will make you a valuable addition to prospective employers:

  • Excellent communication, writing, research, and interpersonal skills.
  • Advanced insight into group dynamics and behavior.
  • Capability to employ interviewing and observational skills in counseling, research, education, and social service.
  • Knowledge of human relationships to social services.
  • Ability to counsel individuals on how to get along in groups.
  • Background to design, conduct, and analyze surveys to study social phenomena and attitudes.
  • Training to study patterns of group behavior.
  • Expertise needed to solve group conflicts such as labor and race relations.
  • Potential to predict how groups will react to new situations.
Possible Career Paths

Although this major will prepare you for the following careers, advanced training/education may be required. Research careers/job titles that interest you to become aware of the requirements for this field:

Admissions Counselor
Affirmative Action Officer
Career Counselor
Civil Planner
Community Center Director
Consumer Advocate
Eligibility Worker
Equal Opportunity Representative
FBI / CIA Agent
Guidance Counselor
Legal Clerk
Market Researcher
Marriage Counselor
Nursing Home Administrator
Peace Corps Worker
Police Officer
Political Aide
Probation / Parole Officer
Public Advocate
Public Health Educator
Public Relations Specialist
Rehabilitation Counselor
Social Psychologist
Social Worker
Speech Pathologist
Substance Abuse Counselor
Vocational Counselor
Youth Counselor

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For further information, please contact:

Center for Career and Professional Development
Nexus Building, Room 225
p – 516.877.3130

Students and Alumni:

Department of Sociology
p – 516.877.4943

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