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Careers in Sociology

Department of Sociology

Below lists areas and potential job titles for persons holding a B.A. degree in sociology:

Human Services: Counseling, Advocacy, Mental Health Services, Administration, Programming, Recreation, Gerontology, Health Agencies, Group Worker, Social Services Worker, Drug Abuse Counselor, Fund Raising, Caseworker, Youth Outreach, Recreation Specialist. Housing Coordinator

Government: Local Planning, Social Science Analysis, Program Development, Demography, Management, Personnel, Research, Environmental Analyst, Investigation, Grants Officer, Policy Analyst, Public Information Specialist, Affirmative Action Specialist 

Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement, Local/State/Federal, Correctional Personnel, Rehabilitation, Court Administration, Probation & Parole, Private Security, Corrections Administration, Crime Prevention, Juvenile Court Worker 

Social Science Research: Market Research Analysis, Evaluation Research, Consulting Firms 

Education: Teaching, Administration, Admissions Counselor, Alumni Relations, Placement Officer, Research, Guidance Counselor, Student Personnel Specialist 

Business: Education, Demography/Planning, Human Resources, Management, Sales, Advertising, Marketing Analysis, Consumer Research, Insurance, Real Estate, Personnel/Training, Administration, Labor Relations Specialist, Customer Relations, Organizational Planning, Banking, Recruiter, Technical Writer, Quality Control, Merchandiser/Purchaser

There is a wealth of information about careers for sociology majors and other information for students who are majoring in sociology located at the student website of the American Sociological Association (ASA): There are also a number of ASA career-oriented publications for students available for order on the website. The book, Careers in Sociology by W. Richard Stevens, Jr. is a comprehensive guide. A good portion of the book is available to read at A copy of the book, which includes a Workbook for Job Seekers in Sociology can be purchased through that website. Also, the book is available for students to read in the USCA Career Services Library.

For students interested in social work, there are two websites that may be helpful. Social Work Guide and Social Work Degrees are free online resources for individuals interested in beginning or advancing careers in social work or counseling. These sites feature information on social work degrees and schools, state-by-state career and social work licensing guides, a counseling and social work-related jobs board, and numerous other career-oriented resources. 

The USC Aiken Career Services Office also has numerous other publications of interest to students who are majoring in sociology.

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