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Academic Information: -  top


What is Sociology?  top

Sociology is the study of the human society and human social interaction and our department explores a wide range of issues and topics relevant to our lives—health care, environment, social inequality, social justice, race relations, globalization, etc. We emphasize teaching as the top priority of the department, set high standards for student achievement, provide opportunities for student engagement in multicultural events and encourage civic involvement.


Career Information  -  top


Possible/Typical Job Titles -  top

Health and Human Services

  • Social worker*
  • Public health educator*
  • Advocate (e.g. children, ethnic group members, aging)
  • Genetic counselor*
  • Physician*
  • Transplant registry database manager*
  • Job counselor
  • Health-service administrator*

Research/Education

  • Archaeologist*
  • Bilingual/bicultural program specialist
  • Museum education director
  • Academic advisor/counselor*
  • Teacher of English as a second language (ESL)
  • Computer simulation model designer*
  • College administrator*
  • Compensation analyst*
  • Collections manager*
  • Foundation program manager
  • Marketing researcher
  • Media planner
  • Corporate trainer
  • Demographer
  • Editor
  • Vocational teacher (of adults)

Other

  • Research aide
  • Salesperson
  • Sociologist
  • Youth Worker
  • Lawyer
  • Public Health Educator
  • Director, Volunteer Services
  • Career Counselor
  • Demographer
  • Criminologist
  • Veterans Affairs Specialist
  • Professor
  • Nutritionist
  • Welfare Counselor
  • Public Administrator
  • Financial Aid Director
  • Dietitian
  • Public Health Ed
  • Technical Writer
  • Gerontologist
  • Secret Service Agent
  • Community Relations
  • Consultant
  • Program Director
  • School Counselor
  • Urban Planner
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Medical Social Worker

Government/Public Service

  • Friend of the Court caseworker
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs researcher*
  • National/state park interpreter
  • International agency representative
  • Attorney*
  • Congressional committee staff director
  • Coroner/medical examiner*
  • Head Start program director
  • State/federal government policy analyst
  • Public administrator*
  • Urban planner
  • GAO Analyst
  • Social Science Aids and Technicians
  • Social Scientists
  • Social Service Aids and Assistants
  • Social Service Reps.
  • Program Analysts
  • Sociologists

Business

  • Actuary*
  • Industrial psychologist*
  • Employment recruiter
  • Loan officer/bank employee
  • Union legal counsel*
  • Environmental impact assessment researcher
  • Travel agent/guide
  • Journalist
  • Human resources manager
  • Management consultant
  • Advertising account executive
  • Art director
  • Salesperson
  • Executive search consultant
  • Hotel manager

Other

  • Advocate
  • Anthropologist
  • Community planner
  • Customer relations rep.
  • Human resources assistant
  • Human Services worker
  • Legislative aide
  • Management Trainee
  • Officer, Foreign Service
  • Administrator (salary, wage, social welfare)
  • Career Services Counselor
  • City Planner
  • Clergy
  • Researcher
  • Social Scientist
  • Trainer
  • Resident Assistant
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Recreation Director

*Denotes need for additional education.


Typical Places of Employment -  top

  • Banks
  • Government
  • Centers for the handicapped
  • Insurance Companies
  • Children's Protective Services
  • Legal Aid
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Market Research Firms
  • Court Systems
  • Retailers
  • Family Counseling Service
  • Youth Services Bureau

Required Skills and Abilities  -  top

  • Collect data
  • Communications skills
  • Use research methods
  • Analyze, Synthesize & Interpret Information
  • Knowledge of Social Structures and Change
  • Interpersonal Communication (oral & written)
  • Interact well with Diverse Cultures/ Groups
  • Knowledge of Community Resources
  • Research and Planning (sociological)
  • Use statistical techniques
  • Recognize a problem through observation and experimentation
  • Observation skills
  • Ability to Understand & Improve Human Relationships
  • Resolve Conflicts/ Counseling
  • Insight into Group Dynamics
  • Work Well Under Pressure
  • Computer Skills (data processing & analysis)
  • Statistical Abilities
  • Critical Thinking

Alumni Resources  -  top

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

ALUMNI NAME
GRAD. DATE
CURRENT JOB
ORGANIZATION
Lauren Askew 2008 Child Protective Services Investigator Department of Social Services Anne Arundel County
Natalie Davis 2005 Executive Coordinator George Washington School of Medicine
Courtney Topolski 1998 Academic Advisor UMBC


Related Links: Further Explore this Career Field - top

Professional Associations:

American Sociological Association (Careers and Jobs)

Society for Applied Sociology

Southern Sociological Society

Other Career-Related Links:

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State Agencies:

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