Career & Graduate School Information

The study of sociology develops skills and abilities that can be applied to a number of career areas. These include skills in basic research, planning and organization, communication and problem solving.

With specialized coursework and additional training or experience, sociology students may secure positions in community organizations, health policy planning, media and news analysis, or as research assistants or statistical reporters. Students may enter jobs in business or social services such as probation, parole work, rehabilitation counseling, marketing analysis, advertising, public relations, labor organization, urban planning, and insurance brokerage. Students may also consider positions with organizations such as Peace Corps, Americorps, or with federal, state, or local government.

Sociology students are also prepared for professional school, graduate study, and credential programs leading to professions in law, social work, counseling, and teaching. Graduate training in a PhD program in sociology is required for those intending to pursue careers as professional sociologists or teachers at the univeristy level. Students interested in teaching in California's public primary or secondary schools must obtain a single or multiple subject teaching credential.

It is strongly recommended that students gain relevant work experience prior to graduation. Internships and/or paid work experience is critical for applying to professional graduate programs (social work, public health, business, law, education, etc.) or for applying for entry-level and/or professional positions after graduating. For information regarding internships and part-time work, see advisors at the Career Center. (Please note: The Department of Sociology does not provide internship credit.)