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Sociology

Career Opportunities

Earning your Transfer Pathway A.A. in Sociology will energize your efforts to start a career as a sociologist or professional in a closely related field.

Sociology is an umbrella science, covering a range of disciplines in the social sciences, including anthropology, archaeology, law, economics, psychology, and history.

Sociologists often focus on specific human behavior related to class, social status, immigration, criminal activity, civil disorder, cultural trends, and open warfare.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: The median salary in 2020 for sociologists practicing in the United States topped $86,000 a year.

According to Minnesota State CAREERwise, the median wage for sociologists in the U.S. exceeds $42 an hour; top earners make nearly $55 an hour.

Employment Information

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Potential Job Titles

Sociology majors pursue a wide range of career opportunities including law, teaching, public service, politics, government, business, social work, social services and many other fields that require good communication and critical inquiry skills.

Business and industry
  • Banker
  • Consumer relations professional
  • Market analyst
  • Project manager
  • Technical writer
Community and social services
  • Case manager
  • Community organizer
  • Hospital administrator
  • Public health supervisor
  • Substance abuse counselor
Education
  • Affirmative action coordinator
  • Extension service specialist
  • Guidance counselor
  • College dean
  • Teacher
Government
  • Foreign service officer
  • Human rights specialist
  • Information technologist
  • Legislative aide
  • Urban planner
Justice System
  • Correctional counselor
  • Criminal investigator
  • Parole officer
  • Police officer
  • Special agent
Research
  • Census researcher
  • Criminologist
  • Data analyst
  • Social research manager
  • Statistician

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