So I'm a Sociology Major, Now What?
A degree in Sociology prepares students for careers paths in probation, law enforcement and corrections, market research, domestic violence counseling, public agencies, law, teaching, human resources and social work.
Visit the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences web page for more information regarding the majors.
Where Do My People Work?
Common Career Tracks
- Based on LinkedIn, SJSU sociology majors commonly work in education, community and social services, and operations. Common employers include the County of Santa Clara, Kaiser Permanente, and City of San Jose.
- Learn about the different career tracks on What Can I Do With My Major?
- Read ASA's articles "What Are They Doing with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology?" "What Can I Do with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology?" and "Sociology: A 21st Century Major." Check out more of ASA's resources here.
- Thinking about graduate school? Check out ASA's Guide to Graduate School.
- Want to work in government? Check out Federal Jobs by Major.
- Research job titles at O*Net - Career Information Database.
- Research job statistics at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Interested in graduate school? View Payscale's Lifetime Earnings to see how years of experience vs. degree level influence average lifetime earnings.
- View the U.S. Census Bureau's Pathway After a Bachelor's Degree, which include common occupations and work-life earnings by degree level.
Where Do I Look for Opportunities?
Job, Internship, and Volunteer Opportunities
Check SJSU Handshake, SJSU's job and internship database exclusively for students.
General Job/Internship Boards
- USAJobs / Pathways Internships for Students/Recent Grads
- County of Santa Clara / Internships / Volunteer
- City of San Jose / Volunteer
- CA.gov (View List of Jobs by Major)
How Can I Get Involved?
- American Sociological Association
- The Society for the Study of Social Problems
- International Sociological Association
- The Pacific Sociological Association
How Can I Increase My Chances of Succeeding?
Job Search Tips
- Research company reviews, salaries, interviews, & benefits on Glassdoor.
- Use job search keywords such as "social science," "program assistant," or "research."
- For USAJobs, under Advanced Search, select pay grade 5-7 for entry-level jobs.
- For more resources check out Education, Anthropology, Psychology, Human Resource Management, Social Work, Environmental Studies, and Business.