Careers for Sociology Majors

What can I do with my degree?

Employers seek to hire candidates with strong analytic and communication skills, who can think creatively about problems, work in collaborative environments, and leverage diversity to maximize success for their organizations and employees. The sociology major teaches students how to think about individuals, groups, institutions, communities and societies in all of their complexity and interconnectedness and how to use the scientific method to ask and answer social research questions about these entities using data. With an overarching focus on oral and written communication, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, as well as attention to themes of race, class and gender, and global awareness, our courses focus on a broad range of topics relevant to businesses, nonprofits, and professions, including marriage and family, health, education, organizations, social networks, gender roles and interpersonal relationships, crime, poverty and inequality, religion, culture, social movements and social change and many more.

See what some of the Soc 2016 graduates are doing.

ND Sociology Students After Graduation

  • 48% find full-time jobs
  • 28% go to graduate or professional school
  • 18.5% enter service programs

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. Check more outcomes for detailed information.

Career Choices

Through its emphasis on critical thinking and sound data collection and analysis, sociology prepares our students to excel in a variety of disciplines.   

Job Titles for Sociology Majors and Minors

Business and Industry
  • banker
  • business analyst
  • consumer relations specialist
  • human resources manager
  • market analyst
  • merchandiser/purchaser
  • project manager
  • quality control manager
  • technical writer


  • employee specialist
  • foreign service officer
  • human rights officer
  • legislative aide
  • peace corps volunteer
  • personnel coordinator
  • program supervisor
  • special agent
  • urban planner
Justice System
  • correctional counselor
  • corrections officer
  • criminal investigator
  • juvenile court specialist
  • parole officer
  • police officer
  • rehabilitation counselor



  • admissions counselor
  • affirmative action counselor
  • extension service specialist
  • public health educator
  • teacher
  • census researcher
  • consumer researcher
  • criminology researcher
  • data analyst
  • interviewer
  • market researcher
  • social researcher
  • statistician
  • survey research technician
Community and Social Services
  • child development specialist
  • environmental organizer
  • family planning worker
  • hospital administrator
  • housing coordinator
  • career counselor
  • public health supervisor
  • rural health outreach worker
  • substance abuse counselor

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.

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