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Careers in Sociology

The American Sociological Association (ASA) reports that a B.A. in sociology...

  • Can lead to careers in business, social service and government.
  • Is valuable preparation for  journalism, politics, public relations or public administration.
  • To prepare for professions such as law, education, medicine, social work and counseling.

What can you do with training in Sociology?

Many jobs draw upon sociological understanding and training. Sociologists enter the corporate, non-profit, and government worlds as:

  • directors of research
  • policy analysts
  • consultants
  • human resources managers
  • and program managers.

Practicing sociologists may be called survey researchers, gerontologists, statisticians, urban planners, community developers, criminologists, or demographers.

How do you qualify?

  • You can qualify immediately for many of these jobs with a BA in sociology.
  • Others require Master's degrees, such as our MA in Social and Public Policy.
  • Still other jobs require further specialized training as counselors, therapists, or directors of social service agencies.
  • Learn more about careers through the Web resources.

Duquesne Sociology Graduates

Our graduates are employed as social work caseworkers, counselors, recreation workers, and administrative assistants in public and private social service agencies; as researchers in consulting firms and research universities, and in private, state or federal agencies.

Some of our graduates are law enforcement officers (at local, state or federal levels), probation, parole, or corrections officers; correctional counselors, or professionals in community corrections and other rehabilitative programs.

Other students work in agencies concerned with health care policy, the administration of homes and facilities for the elderly, the management of public and private services, and counseling of the aged.

Finally, Duquesne sociology graduates have found teaching positions in high schools, community colleges and universities and colleges.

While many of these positions require advanced training, they all began with a B.A. in Sociology from Duquesne.

Plan for Your Future

We suggest that you establish a file in the Career Services Center no later than the first semester of the senior year. This file would include letters of recommendation that the Center will then forward to prospective employers or graduate schools.

Internships and volunteer experiences which are familiar features of the Duquesne experience, also often lead to full time jobs.