Careers with a Degree in Sociology
A degree in sociology provides many career opportunities. Employers in business and government seek college graduates with a well-rounded, liberal arts education. A major in Sociology teaches you how to gather and analyze data (both quantitative and qualitative), strengthening your math and science skills. Having learned to examine social structures, institutions, people, cultures and more, your ability to understand the world around you and to think analytically and critically will serve you well wherever your career path leads. Tufts Sociology majors have gone on to work in many fields after graduation, for a number of companies including:
Students continuing their education in graduate or professional school will benefit from a Sociology major. Professional programs in law, health, education, and many others recognize the value of a degree in sociology. Graduate students in sociology find employment in applied positions such as government service, market research and data analysis, as well as in academia.
Preparing for Your Future Career
Whether you have no idea what you want to do in the future or feel certain about what you will do after graduation, an internship is a great way to gain valuable experience. The Career Center and Tisch College are excellent resources to help you find and secure an internship; in some cases even providing funding so that you can afford to participate in an unpaid internship. Learn more about internships.
Don't shy away from using social media and other tools to network. Connect with Tufts Sociology on LinkedIn to see where other Sociology majors are working and where they interned. Join the Tufts Career Networking Group, a private group for students and alumni on LinkedIn. We also encourage seniors and beyond to tap into the Tufts Online Community. If you are curious and have questions about a particular job or company, consider an informational interview with alumni to find out the answers.
How do I Begin My Job Search?
Create your resume. This document is usually the first thing potential employers see about you and is your chance to show off your accomplishments and qualifications. The Career Center can provide help with writing your resume, along with cover letters and CVs.
If you know where you would really like to work, check out that company's website for job postings and apply. Job search engines will allow you to search for work by location, job title, field, and other options.
There are hundreds of job listings posted for Tufts students in Jumbo Jobs. New jobs are posted daily. Here is a sampling of entry-level opportunities for which Sociology majors could apply:
- Research Associate – Endpoint Outcomes
- Media Analyst – PublicRelay
- Non-Profit Administrator – U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group)
- Paralegal Casehandler – Housing – The Legal Aid Society (New York City)
- Communications Manager – Be the Change, Inc.
- Organizer – Democratic Party of Virginia
- Clinical Research Assistant – Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Clinical and Research Program
- Associate Account Executive, Inside Sales – Amazon Media Group
- MassLIFT AmericorpsYouth Education Coordinator – Groundwork Somerville
- Tufts Sociology on LinkedIn
Connect with other majors and Tufts Sociology alumni in a variety of fields.
Career opportunities with the federal government. The Pathways program also provides internship opportunities.
- Idealist.Org - Action Without Borders
Information on a variety of issues where career opportunities and activism converge.