Sociologists examine human society and social behavior by studying groups like families
and tribes and the social institutions they form. They study the behavior and interaction
of groups, trace their origin and growth, and analyze the influence of group activities
upon individual members.
Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization
* See Training section
|Career Counselor *
||Mental Health Counselor
|Community Relations Officer
|Disability Evaluation Trainee
||Social Security Representative
||Social Service Assistant
|Health Educator *
|Labor Relations Specialist
Nature of the Work
Here are descriptions of some of the careers available to Sociology majors:
- Human service workers in social service agencies interview clients, assess their needs,
and establish their eligibility for services.
- Social workers assist individuals and families with management of health, social,
emotional and economic problems.
- Group counselors are responsible for supervising the activities, safety and care of
juveniles in county detention or correctional facilities.
- Probation officers helps individuals abide by the terms and conditions of probation.
Those working in community, mental health, or residential care setting may lead groups,
organize activities or offer individual counseling.
Places of Employment
|City, county, state government
|- Department of Health and Human Services
||Research and educational institutes
|- Department of State
|- Immigration and Naturalization Service
|- Internal Revenue Service
||Senior citizen centers
|- Office of Personnel Management
||Social services agencies
|- Social Security Administration
||Universities and colleges
A bachelor's degree qualifies you for many of the careers listed above depending on
the type of courses you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad.
Typically, you would need specific education and/or experience beyond the bachelor's
degree for job titles designated by an asterisk.
You would need a master's degree in social work for many positions in the mental health
field. It is almost always necessary for supervisory and administrative positions.
If you want to teach and conduct research at a university, you will need a Ph.D.
For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951)
The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.