Sociology Career Opportunities

"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.

More information on careers in Sociology 
Please visit our Helpful Links page to learn more about careers in Sociology. Or contact the UNK Sociology department.