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.


  • 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 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


  • 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 - American Sociological Association - Eastern Sociological Society - Guide to sociology on-line - Society for Human Resource Management - National Association of Social Workers - Serves NYC’s most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing  - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information

JOB SEARCH LINKS - Select Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - Great list of variety of social service jobs - Official Site of the U.S. Federal Government - Find opportunities with NY State - Human Services Career Network - Social Service Jobs - Social Work job bank Nonprofit site, internships and jobs - The Chronicle of Higher Education, information and jobs - Jobs in Higher Education - Sociology jobs - Law information and law jobs

Additional Resources Available at the CDC