Career Development

Sociology

When exploring possible academic majors, begin by investigating the specific programs at Purchase College.  Discover more about the B.A. in Sociology,  and find out about program requirements, courses and the program faculty. 

Want to find out more about a major?  Talk to department heads and professors to have your questions answered and to get the inside track on being a Sociology major at Purchase College.

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • Ability to conduct and clearly explain research
  • Ability to interact with people of different backgrounds in various situations
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Ability to evaluate problems and make appropriate decisions
  • Technology skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to analyze and observe introspectively
  • Ability to persuade and influence others
  • Critical thinking
  • Ability to understand and improve human relationships

CAREER TITLES

  • Career Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Caseworker
  • Corrections Staffer
  • Data Analyst
  • Demographer
  • Drug Rehab Counselor
  • Family Counselor
  • Gerontologist
  • Government Worker
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Insurance Agent
  • Investigator
  • Job Analyst
  • Job Coach
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Market Researcher
  • Paralegal
  • Parole Officer
  • Policy Analyst
  • Probation Officer
  • Professor
  • Public Administrator
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Recruiter
  • Research Associate
  • Social Worker
  • Statistician
  • Teacher
  • Trainer
  • Urban Planner
  • Victim Services Support Counselor

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE

  • Government Agencies
  • Educational Institutions
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Law Firms
  • Corporations
  • Hospitals
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Youth Programs
  • Counseling Centers
  • Prisons & Rehabilitation Centers

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.asanet.org - American Sociological Association
www.essnet.org - Eastern Sociological Society
www.sociolog.com - Guide to sociology on-line
www.shrm.org - Society for Human Resource Management
www.socialworkers.org - National Association of Social Workers
www.urbanjustice.org - Serves NYC's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing
www.bls.gov/oco - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.purchase.edu/careerdevelopment - Click on Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.socialservice.com - Great list of variety of social service jobs
www.usajobs.com - Official Site of the U.S. Federal Government
www.ny.gov - Find opportunities with NY State
www.hscareers.com - Human Services Career Network
www.ihiresocialservices.com - Social Service Jobs
www.socialworkjobbank.com - Social Work job bank
www.idealist.org- Nonprofit site, internships and jobs
www.chronicle.com - The Chronicle of Higher Education, information and jobs
www.higheredjobs.com - Jobs in Higher Education
www.getsociologyjobs.com - Sociology jobs
www.law.com - Law information and law jobs

BOOKS AVAILBLE AT CDC

  • Great Jobs for Sociology Majors
  • Careers in Social and Rehabilitation Services
  • Great Jobs for Liberal Arts Majors
  • Mental Health and Social Work Career Directory
  • Days in the Lives of Social Workers
  • Career Opportunities in the Non Profit Sector
  • Law and the Legal Industry
  • Careers in Law
  • The Helping Professions:  A Careers Sourcebook

Updated 11/13