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What Can I Do With This Major for Majors in Sociology



Sociology is the study of social life and focuses on the interaction between human groups and institutions and their influences on each other. Sociology ranges from the study of relationships in family units in the most primitive cultures to the research of large bureaucratic institutions in major industrialized nations. Among the specialties within sociology are criminology, demography, cultural traditions, family relations, gerontology, social welfare, race relations, social status, and social change.

Sociology majors find jobs in social service agencies, Nonprofit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and correctional institutions. They also find jobs in business and industry in market research, public relations, customer service, management, advertising, human resources, and sales.

While many sociology graduates work in a related occupation and obtain an advanced degree, others choose another direction. Many careers do not require a specific major but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability through internships, responsible work experience, good grades, and involvement in college activities.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Admissions Counselor Human Resources Specialist Psychologist
Advertising Manager Labor Relations Specialist Public Relations Manager
Career Counselor Market Research Analyst Rehabilitation Counselor
Child Welfare Worker Marriage Counselor Sales Representative
Community Service Agency Director Mental Health Worker Social Worker
Customer Service Director Nursing Home Administrator Sociologist
Gerontologist Personnel Manager Speech Pathologist
Guidance Counselor Probation/Parole Officer Substance Abuse Counselor
Hospital Administrator Psychiatrist Youth Counselor

Types of Employers


Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Adoption and Child Care Agencies Management consulting firms Religious organizations
Banks Market research firms Resorts / Hotels
Correctional institutions Mental health institutions Retail Stores
Educational Institutions Newspapers/Magazines Social Service Agencies
Finance Companies Personnel agencies Substance Abuse Clinics
Hospitals Publishing companies Television/Radio Stations
Labor Unions Real Estate Development Firms .


Government Agencies
Bureau of Prisons Division of Youth & Family Services Labor Department
Civil Rights Commission Federal Communications Commission National Science Foundation
Consumer Affairs Office Foreign Service Peace Corps
County Probation Office Health & Human Services Veteran's Administration

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates


First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Sociology
Organization Job Title
First Fidelity Bank Accountant
World Health Comm. Administrative Assistant
United Jersey Bank Bank Teller
Catholic Charities Child Care Worker
United Auto Workers Coordinator of Social Services
Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield Customer Service Manager
Middlesex Cty. Probation Department Investigator
Mt. Olive Township Director of Welfare
Douglass Psych. Child Study Group Teacher
Easter Seals of New Jersey Human Resources Coordinator
Union Cty. Human Services Income Maintenance Tech.
DC Superior Court Juror Clerk
NJ Blood Services Lead Telemarketer
Merrill Lynch Mutual Funds Processing Agent
Johnson & Johnson Personnel Administrator
Opworld Public Affairs/Media Research Associate
Spencer Gifts, Inc. Recruitment Specialist
Battleview Orchard, Inc. Retail Manager
MetLife Insurance Sales Representative
New Jersey Bell Sales Representative
Rutgers University Substance Counselor
Helping Hands School Teacher
Otsuka Oiaa Co., Ltd. Webmaster/Reporter


Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Sociology
Organization Job Title
Office of NJ Governor (MS Planning & Policy) Assistant Chief of Staff
Lutheran Community Services (MSW) Assistant Director Foster Care/Adoption
J.P. Morgan Associate
Morris Hills Multicare Center Director of Activities
St. Mary's Church Director of Development
Dept. of Corrections (PsyD Clinical Psych.) Director of Psychological Services
Family Court of Philadelphia Hearing Officer
IBM (MS Psych.) Human Factors Scientist
IRS (MA Psych.) Internal Revenue Agent
Middlesex County College (MLS) Librarian
Human Resources, American Express (MS Human Resources) Manager
AT&T Network Systems (MBA) Marketing Manager
Pfizer Inc. Marketing Research Executive
CBS Inc. News Reporter
Maersk (MA Org. Comm. & Pub. Admin.) Pricing Analyst/Conference Rep.
Child Guidance Clinic (MSW) Psychiatric Social Worker
Peat Marwick (MS Applied Psych.) Senior Consultant
FBI Special Agent
Prudential (MA Appl. Res. Meth.) Sr. Research Analyst

Graduate Schools Attended


Institution Degree Field
American University JD Law
Argosy University MS Forensic Sciences
Boston University MA Public Health
Fordham University MSW Social Work
John Jay College of Criminal Justice MA Criminal Justice
NJ Dental School DDS Dentistry
Rutgers University M.Ed. Elementary Education
Rutgers University MA Labor & Employment Relations
Rutgers University MA Sociology
Rutgers University MBA Marketing
Rutgers University MLS Library Science
Rutgers University MPA Public Administration
Rutgers University PhD Sociology
SUNY Oswego MA Guidance & Counseling
University of Georgia M.Ed. Education/Counseling & Guidance
University of Maryland MA IT Management
University of Minnesota PhD Psychology
University of Pennsylvania PhD Sociology
Wilmington College M.Ed. Educational Admin.

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