My son wants to study Sociology in College. Can you please advise on the career opportunities after studying this subject?

A sociologist is a person who studies society and social behavior by examining groups, cultures, organizations, social institutions and studying the impact of these social groups on individual decision making.

The general perception that sociologists can only find jobs in research, government and public sector organizations or in the academic world is not necessarily true. In the contemporary world of globalization career advancement is dependent to a great extent on a person’s ability to manage and communicate with various nationalities, ethnicities, cultures and communities. A degree in sociology uniquely prepares a student to use scientific methods to deal with these complex matters. In addition to specific skills studying sociology will sharpen and foster creativity, innovation, critical thinking, analytic problem solving and communication skills. These transferable skills will provide the perfect foundation for better understanding and engagement of people in today’s globalized business environment. As sociology teaches both qualitative and quantitative research methods it helps develop skill sets to analyze and assess different theoretical perspectives and communicate complex ideas thru effective communication

As this major has a very broad curriculum everything in the social dominion is studied including family, deviance, marriage, group interaction, gender roles, criminology, healthcare, sexuality, work roles, aging, public policy, attitude development, social inequality and much more. Given the breadth and diversity of the subject content it is not surprising that there exist plenty of employment opportunities for sociology graduates. Possible jobs for graduates in sociology include roles in public health services, the voluntary sector, social and welfare services, criminal justice, rehabilitation and housing services, probation and prison services

To improve employment opportunities you could also consider studying sociology jointly with law, modern languages or marketing. Alternatively you could bolster your qualifications by pursuing a second degree in journalism, education or business.

Studying overseas can further augment chances of employability as international students have the unique opportunity to not only study another country’s social culture and milieu but also hear the viewpoint of other international students. In addition to Oxbridge and the Ivy League, LSE, University of Chicago, NUS, University of Wisconsin and Australia National University are other institutions well known for excellence in this subject.

The subject is a great platform to enter in law school and can master not just in Sociology, but also fields such as Public Health, Criminology, Public Policy, Business, Public Health, Social Work, and Education.

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