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Career Opportunities

In 2009, more than 28,000 sociology degrees were awarded, according to the American Sociological Association, which is up from 15,000 just twenty years earlier.

Sociology majors find work in a variety of fields from government agencies to event planning, from human resources to advertising. The National Science Foundation data suggest that 63% of sociology majors are working in the business/industry section, 14% in an educational institution, and 23% in the government sector.

What are our recent graduates doing?

  • Anna (2010): Anna completed her internship with the Ramsey County Public Library system in Roseville, MN. Anna is now working on her Master’s degree in Information Sciences at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
  • Kristin (2009): after completing her internship with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Winona, Kristin serves as an enrollment specialist, and was recently promoted to the director at Big Brothers Big Sisters in Winona.
  • Matt (2009): After completing his internship with SEMCAC, Matt worked as the Project Development Coordinator at Hands on Twin Cities as part of AmeriCorps. Matt is now attending UW-Stout in their graduate program in Applied Psychology.
  • Annie (2010): After her internship with the YMCA, and work as the youth program director with the Y, Annie has moved to being the Executive Team Lead with Target in the Twin Cities.

A Sample of Sociology-Related Occupations

Admissions Counselor Advertising
Career Counselor Child Welfare Worker
Customer Service Director Event Planner
Gerontologist Guidance Counselor
Hospital Administrator Human Resources
Market Researcher Marriage Counselor
Probation Officer Public Relations Manager
Rehabilitation Counselor Sales
Social Worker Sociologist

For more information about careers in sociology, visit the American Sociological Association's website and WSU Career Services.