Plenty! Most people who have the word "sociologist" in their job title have gone to graduate school and are involved in research, teaching or applied sociology. An undergraduate degree in sociology is excellent preparation for these avenues as well as for careers in law, government, international relations, journalism, and social work. But, even if you do not pursue graduate education, you can (and should) still apply your hard-earned sociological knowledge in a wide variety of job settings, such as:
In management/leadership, advertising, marketing and consumer research, public opinion and demographic research, insurance, real estate, personnel work, training and consulting, sales.
Administrative positions in federal, state, and local government sectors such as transportation, housing, education, labor and urbal planning.
In reproductive health, substance abuse, rehabilitation counseling, government sectors such as transportation, housing, education, labor and urban planning.
In college admissions, alumni relations, multicultural students' programs, enrichment programs, internship placement offices; elementary and secondary school teacher (with appropriate teacher certification).
Research, fund-raising and programs development, non-profit groups, child-care, environmental, immigrant and economic development agencies.
In writing, research, and editing newsletters, policy reports, media releases.
In rehabilitation, case management, mental health programs, conflict resolution, group work with youth, elderly, poor and homeless persons.
In probation, parole, alternative sentencing and community-based rehabilitation programs.
Regardless of your interests, you can put your skills to use. Just ask one of the faculty members in the department.
Graduates in organizational sociology will be able to work in a diverse range of organizations requiring human relations skills for leadership. They can work in small or large, manufacturing or sales, technical or services, as well as private or public organizations. Common career opportunities include leadership or management positions in human relations, human resources (personnel), public relations, training, diversity planning and management, marketing, organizational research, strategic planning and general mangement.
Depending on a graduate's position and are of work, through experience and additional on-the-job training, he/she may follow a career path and develop expertise in any of the following organizational areas:
job design and restructuring
group dynamics and team building
conflict mangement and resolution, etc.
employee motivation, job satisfaction, alienation and turnover
team building and conflict resolution
formal and informal group dynamics, etc.
market research and analysis
focus group research
client interviews, etc.
human resource planning
market analysis, etc.
diversity planning, recruitment and retention
affirmative action, American Disability Act, anti-discriminiation laws, etc.
racism, sexism, sexual harassment, prejudice and discrimination
drugs and alcohol problems
workplace hostility and terrorism, etc.