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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

Internships Obtained by Rutgers Students


Organization Job Title
AT&T Universal Agent

Back Roads Entertainment Post-Production Intern

Statista Marketing

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

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Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Sociology
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

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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

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