"After graduating from UNK, I took a job as a case worker for a local organization. I love it! It's exciting to be using my degree doing something I love and making a positive impact in my community."
Like so many other students, "Jane" experienced firsthand the opportunities facilitated by her degree in Sociology, a degree that is suited well to a multitude of career paths.
"Doors really started opening up for me after I decided to pursue my Sociology degree," said Dr. Suzanne Maughan, chair of the Sociology department. "I had exciting opportunities presented to me upon graduation and even some very attractive job offers. I ultimately decided to continue my education in Sociology. Now I have the opportunity to share that passion with my students.
Dr. Maughan cites a 2007 study that followed several hundred Sociology graduates through the beginnings of their careers. The results are reflective of the overall diversity of the field.
Typical first-time jobs for Sociology graduates
|Category % from study||Examples|
|Social Services, Counselors 27%||Case workers, director of community programs, forensic interviewer|
|Administrative Support 16%||Paralegal, immigration specialist, office manager|
|Management 14%||Government contracts, quality assurance, human resources|
|Sales, Marketing 10%||Deploy marketing plans, conduct market research, help create advertising|
|Teachers/Librarians 8%||Public school teacher, teaching English abroad|
|Other Professional (includes PR & IT) 7%||Fundraiser, Help Desk technician|
|Services 8%||Crime scene technician, police officer, probation officer|
|Social Science Research 6%||Research assistant|
|Others 4%||Various jobs|
|* Source: Adapted from ASA Research and Development Department, What Can I do With a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology? Wave II, 2007.|
At UNK, almost half of Sociology students choose to move up to graduate school. This trend is reflective of the department's success in preparing students for acceptance to advanced educational programs. UNK students who choose to enter the job market immediately upon graduation often find jobs relatively quickly.
How much will I make?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, starting salaries for Sociology graduates are typically higher than those of comparable degrees. The median income is between $50,000 and $60,000 per year. Employment is expected to grow steadily with the national average for similar positions.