Some Careers in Sociology

American Sociological Association's Report: "What can I do with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology?"

Students graduating with a degree in Sociology will have an excellent general knowledge of the field of sociology and a solid competence in statistics and research methods. Some skills of successful Sociology majors include:

  • Ability to recognize trends and patterns.
    • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills
    • Data analysis skills
    • Oral presentation and Interpersonal communications skills
    • Research and grant writing skills
    • Management, planning and organizational skills
  • Ability to create concise reports and essays for different audiences

Popular Occupations for Sociology majors



Today, sociologists embark upon literally hundreds of career paths, reflecting a growing appreciation of sociology's contributions to interdisciplinary analysis and action. Some examples of occupations for Sociology majors are:

Types of Employers



Some Famous Sociologists


Michelle Obama, wife of President Barack Obama
Brett Schundler, mayor of Jersey City
Wellington Webb, mayor of Denver
Annette Strauss, former mayor of Dallas
Rev. Martin Luther King
Roy Wilkins, former head of NAACP
Rev. Jesse Jackson
Rev. Ralph Abernathy
Shirley Chisholm, former Congresswoman from NY
Maxine Waters, Congresswoman from LA
Barbara Mikulski, US Senator from Maryland
Tim Holden, Congressman from Pennsylvania
Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, DC
Saul Alinsky, father of community organizing
Ronald Reagan (double major, sociology & economics)
Emily Balch, 1946 Nobel Peace Prize winner Francis Perkins, former Secretary of Labor
Richard Barajas, Chief Justice, Texas Supreme Court
Saul Bellow, novelist
Regis Philbin, TV host
Dan Aykroyd, actor/Blues Brother
Robin Williams, actor/comedian
Paul Shaffer, bandleader on David Letterman Show (and before that, Saturday Night Live)
Dinah Shore, singer
Ruth Westheimer, the "sex doctor"
Alonzo Mourning, Miami Heat
Bryant Stith, Boston Celtics
Brian Jordan, Atlanta Braves
Joe Theisman, NFL quarterback
Eric Bjornson, Dallas Cowboys
Bobby Taylor, Eagles cornerback
Ahmad Rashad, Sportscaster


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