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How to Know If a Sociology Degree Is Right for You

If you are interested in society, culture, people and globalization, then a sociology major might be perfect for you. Race relations, gender issues and civil rights each represent traditional topics in the field of sociology. You may also study relevant current events as well. In short, if you are a news junkie, an activist or someone who likes to be part of change in the world, a sociology degree could be a good pathway to a satisfying career in a field you love.

Should I Major in Sociology?

You might be wondering what the job outlook is for sociology majors. After all, just because you find something fascinating does not mean it will lead you to success in the job market. Nobody would blame you if you doubted the practicality of a sociology degree. For a long time, this major had a reputation as a less-than-useful degree on the job market. According to the American Sociological Association, sociology majors peaked in the mid-1970s. That directly corresponds to a heavy period of activism in the United States, beginning with the civil rights movement and ending with the feminist movement.

After that, sociology dropped in popularity and earned a reputation as a major that guaranteed a difficult time of getting a job after college. However, anyone wondering whether they should major in sociology should remember that this downward trend is typical whenever there is an abundance of any major in the job market. Quite simply, there may have been too many sociology majors looking for jobs in the 1980s. Since then, the popularity and practicality of the degree has steadily risen to healthy levels once again.

Sociology Majors Get All Types of Jobs Today

Sociology prepares graduates for a variety of jobs in the fields of medicine, public service, media, government, education, law and many more. Graduates find work in any field where skills such as the following are called for:

  • Critical thinking.
  • Communication.
  • Creativity.
  • Innovation.
  • Analytic problem solving.

The U.S. Department of Education reports that 79.2 percent of graduates with a social sciences degree are employed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for sociologists are expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations, and the average salary is nearly $75,000. The one downside is that there are a small number of jobs in sociology, making the field very competitive. A bachelor's degree from an accredited online program is the first step to standing out among employers for one of these rewarding jobs.

Learn more about the University of Texas of the Permian Basin's Bachelor of Arts in Sociology online program.


Sources

American Sociological Association: After the Fall: The Growth Rate of Sociology BAs Outstrips Other Disciplines Indicating an Improved Market for Sociologists

National Center for Education Statistics: 2008-09 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Sociologists

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