Careers for Sociology Majors

What can I do with my degree?

See what some of the Soc 2016 graduates will be doing.

ND Sociology Students After Graduation

  • 1/3 enter the work force
  • Over 1/4 go on to graduate and professional schools to earn advanced degrees
  • 1/4 perform a year or two of service
  • The rest explore other options

Graduates of Notre Dame's Sociology program are now employed in fields as diverse as business management, consulting, corporate administration, insurance, medical administration, politics, realty, religious life, social work, teaching, and higher education.

Career Choices

While graduates with advanced degrees in the field of sociology tend to accept positions with “sociologist" in the title, graduates at the bachelor’s level secure positions in fields both within and outside the discipline. Sociology graduates work in many areas (see examples listed below) as well as in many other professional arenas, including positions of political and national leadership. For example, civil rights leaders Rev. Martin Luther King and Rev. Jesse Jackson earned B.A.’s in sociology.

In the end, it will be your special interests, course choices, experiences, and work-setting preferences that will help you decide what exactly you wish to pursue. Read more helpful info on what you can do with the Sociology major.

Research Employment Opportunities for Sociology BAs & BSs

Graduates with a major in Sociology can find research positions at a variety of private firms and governmental agencies conducting social science research throughout the country.

Check the list of employment options.

Job Titles for Sociology Majors

Business and Industry

  • advertising staffer
  • banker
  • computer analyst
  • consumer relations worker
  • control engineer
  • data entry manager
  • human resources manager
  • insurance agent
  • issues manager
  • labor relations staffer
  • market analyst
  • merchandiser/purchaser
  • planning assistant
  • production manager
  • project manager
  • public relations staffer
  • publishing staffer
  • quality control manager
  • real estate agent
  • recruiter
  • sales representative/manager
  • technical writer
  • telemarketer
  • trainer
  • training assistant

Community and Social Services

  • case manager
  • caseworker/aide
  • child care worker
  • child development technician
  • community aide
  • community organizer
  • environmental organizer
  • family planning worker
  • fund raising assistant/director
  • group home worker
  • homeless/housing worker
  • hospital administrator
  • housing coordinator
  • medical records worker
  • occupational/career counselor
  • public administration assistant
  • public assistance worker
  • public health supervisor
  • recreation worker
  • rehabilitation program worker
  • resident planning aide
  • rural health outreach worker
  • substance abuse counselor
  • youth outreach worker


  • admissions counselor
  • affirmative action assistant
  • alumni relations worker
  • college placement worker
  • extension service specialist
  • public health educator
  • student personnel worker
  • teacher


  • affirmative action worker
  • employee specialist
  • foreign service officer
  • human rights officer
  • information officer
  • international worker
  • legislative aide
  • peace corps volunteer
  • personnel coordinator
  • program supervisor
  • special agent
  • urban planner

Justice System

  • correctional counselor
  • corrections officer
  • corrections staffer
  • criminal investigator
  • juvenile court worker
  • parole officer
  • police department staffer
  • police officer
  • rehabilitation counselor
  • special agentstate troope


  • census research assistant
  • consumer researcher
  • criminology assistant
  • data analyst
  • demographer assistant
  • interviewer
  • market researcher
  • social research assistant
  • statistician
  • survey research technician

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