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
  • 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.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/ooh  - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information

JOB SEARCH LINKS

www.purchase.edu/careerdevelopment - Select Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.socialservice.com - Great list of variety of social service jobs
www.usajobs.gov - 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

Additional Resources Available at the CDC