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Study Sociology

Skills Development

Employers are looking for employees with not only the ability to perform a particular job, but with the strategies to adapt to a changing workplace. Sociology students have the opportunity to develop a variety of skills that are transferable to the world of work.

  • clear and logical thinking, analytical skills
  • compiling ideas and facts in a clear, organized and concise manner
  • planning and organizing work leading to the solution of a problem
  • identifying and locating sources of information
  • managing time in order to meet multiple demands
  • negotiation and group work
  • interviewing techniques, statistical analysis using software packages
  • supporting arguments and decisions with facts and statistics
  • writing and presenting reports and essays, expressing ideas clearly and logically

Careers in Sociology

A degree in sociology can prepare students for a wide range of jobs and careers, as well as specialized graduate studies. A list of possible employment and educational avenues is presented below.

Fields of Employment and Further Study

  • Advertising Consultant
  • Business Consultant
  • Career Counsellor
  • Community Activism/support
  • Counseling
  • Criminal justice
  • Early childhood education
  • Education/Teacher
  • Health Care Coordinator
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Media Consultant
  • Pre-law Preparation
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Social Worker
  • System Analyst

Challenges currently taken up by sociologists.

Challenges and Fields of Inquiry

  • Aboriginal rights
  • Anti-racism
  • Community development
  • Consumer advocacy
  • Environmentalism
  • Family policy
  • Gay and lesbian rights
  • Editorial work
  • Gerontology
  • Industrial relations
  • Journalism
  • Labour consulting
  • Law and legal studies
  • Marketing
  • Media consulting
  • Policy analysis
  • Public relations
  • Publishing
  • Recreation
  • Research (academic, government, labour market)

Challenges and Fields of Inquiry

  • School teaching
  • Social work
  • Statistical analysis
  • Urban planning
  • Gender discrimination and feminist struggles
  • Globalization
  • Human resources
  • Health care
  • Homelessness
  • Human rights
  • Labour unionism
  • New information technologies
  • Racial discrimination
  • Representation and popular culture
  • Social policy
  • Social welfare
  • Violence against women
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Workplace restructuring
  • Youth and age discrimination