Graduate Salary
4 years
Avg Length

Sociology Requirements

Sociologists try to understand both broad and narrow social phenomena, issues and problems, and in doing so, integrate the findings of other social science disciplines such as economics, political science, psychology and history. A sociology degree provides knowledge and analytical skills needed to pursue a professional degree in law, business, education, health & medicine, social work, or counseling.

Sociology is a broad science, covering many different disciplines in the social sciences, such as anthropology, archeology, and linguistics. Sociology also studies tangible measures of human behaviour such as class or social status, social movements, revolution, and criminal deviance.

Courses include: principles of sociology, social problems, statistical analysis, race and ethnicity, social deviance, social theory, sociology of business, sociology of politics, sociology of education, urban sociology, and social psychology.

Sociology Careers

The career trajectory of people with a Sociology degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Sociology degrees have experience in is Teacher, followed by Sociologist, Social Worker, Family Social Worker, Administrative Assistant, Retail Salesperson, Food Server, Education Administrator, Customer Service Representative, and Human Resources Manager.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Teacher 3.4% 3.0% 1.2×
Sociologist 3.0% 0.1% 42.5×
Social Worker 3.0% 0.5% 6.2×
Family Social Worker 2.9% 0.1% 21.0×
Administrative Assistant 2.9% 1.5% 1.9×
Retail Salesperson 2.8% 3.5% 0.8×
Food Server 2.6% 3.6% 0.7×
Education Administrator 2.5% 0.2% 15.4×
Customer Service Representative 2.4% 2.0% 1.2×
Human Resources Manager 2.2% 0.5% 4.2×

Sociology Salary

Sociology graduates earn on average $33k, putting them in the 25th percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
25th (bottom earners) $25k
Median (average earners) $33k
75th (top earners) $44k

Sociology Employment

Sociology graduates are highly underemployed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

Employment Type Employment potential
Low-paying 85%
Part-Time 71%
Jobs that don't require college 37%

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