Why Study Sociology?
Why study sociology? Sociology
is one of the liberal arts (and I would argue the most inherently interesting).
Sociology prepares one for a lifetime of change, developing one's appreciation
of diversity, love of learning, writing and study skills, as well as a
knowledge base about human behavior, social organization, and culture.
If you are the type who doesn't necessarily follow the crowd (but are fascinated
by their behavior), the type who is truly interested in what is going on
in the world, then sociology should interest you.
Second, the field helps us
look more objectively at the society in which we live. It directs attention
to how the parts of society fit together as well as the causes and
consequences of social change. In modern industrial-bureaucratic societies
we are faced with an increasingly complex and rapidly changing social milieu.
A study of sociology provides the conceptual tools and methodologys for
understanding the contemporary scene. By focusing on the external
constraints to social action it helps us better understand ourselves and
the motivations of others around us. While we are all creatures of
our society, we are also the creators--sociology provides the tools so
that we can take a more active role in that creation, a role that
is essential if we hope to achieve a more just society.
In today's world of specialization
and career oriented majors in college, a degree in sociology seems on the
surface to have little relevance. But leaders of industry, government,
and education have increasingly been advocating a strong liberal arts education
as the most effective path to career attainment. The United States
Department of Labor forecasts that people entering the job market today
will change careers several times over the course of their work life.
Rather than prepare the student for a narrow specialty, the liberal arts
prepare the individual to meet the challenges and opportunities of our
increasingly diverse and complex society. For those that pursue advanced
degrees in sociology, there are also opportunities. Following is a list
of positions held by persons with Masters degrees in Sociology, who are
working outside of academic settings; however, it is not an exhaustive
list of occupations in which sociologists are engaged.
--Compilation prepared by Mary
Sociologist with State Mineral
Security Shift Captain, Nuclear
Security, Public Service Co.
Researcher & Lobbyist, State
Department of Public Safety.
Resource Coordinator for Juvenile
Services, State Dept. of Corrections
Director, Comprehensive Manpower
Center, Urban League
Assistant Director, county Jewish
Systems Manager and Research
Analyst for county Department of Mental Health.
Scientist with Bechtel Group
Inc. (socio-economic studies; nuclear waste isolation project)
Account Executive, financial
Project Director, state Department
Clinical biofeedback therapist.
Executive Director, Center for
Vocational Training of the Developmentally Disabled.
Consultant to Parole Agency.
Research Analyst, URSA Institute.
Transportation Planner, regional
Association of Governments.
Regional Planner, regional Association
Personnel Research, U.S. Wavy
Research and Development Center.
Community Liaison Representative,
state Department of Developmental Services.
Research Coordinator & Assistant
Patient Care Coordinator, Hospice
Research Analyst with private
management consulting flow.
Owner/Manager, materials expediting
President, Non-profit social
and organizational studies group, publishing consumer newsletters.
Program Assistant, county Mental
Director, Criminal Justice Evaluation
Unit, regional Association of Governments.
Owner, Financial consulting
Sociologist, US Department of
the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
Director, Nurse Training Projects,
regional Association of Health Facilities.
Research Scientist, American
Institute for Research.
Data Analyst, regional Professional
Studies Review Organization.
Manager, Information Systems,
with county Health Care Services.
Administrator, State Home for
the Aged Deaf.
Public Health Advisor, US Public
Executive Director, Social Resources
Environmental Specialist, Private
firm generating evaluation studies and environmental impact statements.
Account Executive, Broadcasting
fern dealing with radio advertising.
Regional Sociologist, Forest
Director of Research and Statistics,
Native Hawaiian Project.
Telecommunications Service Request
Research Statistician, Office
of Hawaiian Affairs.
Executive Director. state council
of Rational Council on Crime and Delinquency.
Program Director, Veteran's
Research Analyst, state Crime
Sociologist, USDA Forest Service,
Executive Director, Girls' Center
Social Factors Analyst, U.S.
Bureau of Reclamation.
county Youth Study.
Family Therapist, private Children's
Home (social service agency).
Senior Lead Research Analyst,
regional Power and Light Company.
Social Scientist, USDA, Forest
Public Utilities Specialist
and Statistician, US Department of Energy, regional agency.
Research Associate, Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Research Analyst/Health Planner,
Department of Health, state Bureau of Planning and Facilities.
Research and Evaluation Specialist,
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints. .
Field Coordinator, Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Senior Statistician, state Health
Research Investigator, state
office of Financial Management.
Director, Community Development
Senior Personnel Representative/Supervisor
of Training Program, private industry.
Developmental Disabilities Consultant,
state Department of Health and Social Services.
Administrator, state Division
of Community Programs.
Research & Planning Associate,
Industrial Relations Analyst/Senior
Negotiator & Manager, city department of occupational Health and Safety.
Regional Recreation Consultant,
Recreation and Parks Department.
Research and Development Analyst,
regional Police Service.
Community Corrections Administrator,
regional government agency.
Research Analyst, regional Police
Research Officer, regional Solicitor
Program Director and Branch
Manager, National Mental Health Association.
Co-director, Bi-cultural Program,
First Lieutenant, Air Training
Command, Air Force.
Vice President, Management Consulting
Counselor, writer, and Chair
of the Social Action Committee of the National Association of Social Workers
Board of Directors (state office).
Deputy County Attorney.
President, American Executive
Statistician, U.S. Bureau of
Counselor, county Mental Health
Member, City Council.
Aide to Vice President of private
firm, Employee Training Program
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