Department of Sociology

Jobs and Internships

Career Prospects*

A degree in sociology is an excellent springboard for entering the world of business, industry, and organizations. The sociological perspective is crucial for working in today's multi-ethnic and multi-national business environment.

An undergraduate sociology major provides valuable insights into social factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, and social class that affect work and how organizations operate.

An advanced degree specializing in the sociology of work, occupations, labor, and organizations can lead to teaching, research, and applied roles.

Many applied fields are grounded in sociological theories and concepts. Sociological research influences the way we think about work and organizational life, and it enables us to discover new knowledge. Sociology is a valuable preparation for careers in modern organizational settings.

Students who graduate with a B. A. or B. S. in sociology and enter the job market directly will find themselves competing with other liberal arts students, but with an advantage--knowledge of key social factors and a firm grasp on research design and methods. This advantage of the B. A. sociology program provides breadth and the potential for adaptability.

Although few occupations include "sociologist" in their title at the bachelor's level, the sociological perspective is excellent preparation for a wide variety of occupations. You should look for an entry-level job, gain experience through internships, and watch for opportunities of specialized training or advanced education.

If you are approaching graduation (or have recently graduated) and are seeking a job in the business world, focus on general areas of interest that motivate you. Sociology majors who are interested in organizational theory gravitate toward organizational planning, development, and training. Those who study the sociology of work and occupations may pursue careers in human resources management (personnel) and industrial relations. Students who especially enjoy research design, statistics, and data analysis seek positions in marketing, public relations, and organizational research. Courses in economic and political sociology, cultural diversity, racial and ethnic relations, and social conflict can lead to positions in international business.

(*This information was taken from the American Sociological Association website)

In addition, the University of Georgia Career Center has created a fact-sheet entitled "What can I do with a major in Sociology?" that describes typical occupations and employers associated with sociology. Sociology majors should also see the “Career Resources for Undergraduates” that the American Sociological Association has gathered to help sociology majors prepare for and make the transition from school to employment.

Internships

The department does not have a formal internship program or offer credit for internships. Nevertheless, it is sometimes possible to get indirect credit for internships by registering for Soci4900 and using your experiences as the basis for original research.  Please note that majors wishing to register for Soci4900 in conjunction with an internship must complete the Permission for Supervised Research Form and find a Sociology faculty member to supervise their work before starting the internship.  For help finding internships, please contact the UGA Career Center.