UIUC Sociology provides you with a variety of important skills which are vital in many careers, including writing, research, and analysis skills. Some areas in which sociology majors get jobs business and industry, the justice system, community and social services, government, education and research.

Sociology students who want to learn more about the opportunities of the program are encouraged to take SOC 199: Career Development for Sociology Majors. This career development course allows students to explore sociology as a discipline and all the potential careers they can access.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has created "Occupational Outlook Handbooks" for almost every area of study! For information on the kinds of jobs sociologists get, their pay, and more, click here

UIUC Career Resources:

UIUC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has it's own embedded career services for students in the College:

Life + Career Design Lab

The LAS Life + Career Design Lab is a one-stop shop where students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences can explore their interests and questions on majors, career preparation, study abroad, undergraduate research and other life-designing and life-shaping activities.

The University also offers services to all students at the UIUC Career Center:

The Career Center

The Career Center offers career development programs and resources including career/employment counseling, UIUC Epics (a computer-based career guidance program), career planning groups, and job search services and programs such as on-campus interviewing and resume workshops. The Career Services Network also has materials such as employment opportunity listings, the I-Link careers and internships database, listings, and government employment announcements to help you job-hunt. The Career Services Web site is 


Our program excels at giving students the tools they need to understand social processes and issues at local, national, and global levels. As a Sociology major you will develop essential transferable skills making you indispensable to employers:

Technical and Communication Skills

As a Sociology major you will use statistical analysis programs and develop competency in essential software programs. Sociology courses emphasize both presentations and written communication. In class, you will be writing essays, participating in discussions, and giving oral presentations.

Research Skills

In many of your Sociology courses, you will hone your research skills.  You will develop statistical literacy, learn how to develop a research problem, and execute original research.


Whether you take charge of a group research project in your methods class, or take a leadership role in Sociology Club or Alpha Kappa Delta International Honors Society, as a Sociology major you will have many opportunities to cultivate your leadership abilities.


Master the art of teamwork and learn from your peers while you work on the numerous group projects involved in Sociology courses.

Diversity Awareness and Global Competency

Spend time analyzing historical and contemporary forces shaping the experiences different of social groups and how they interact.  As a Sociology student, you will learn about global forces such as globalization, immigration and diverse cultures and societies.



Get an Internship and/or Volunteer. With an internship you can not only get 3 hours of credit (Sociology 400), but you will also get valuable experience to help you decide what you would like to do. It is also a must for your resume.

Network: Talk to People You Know. Become a career researcher by asking people you know (and/or people your parents or friends know) about their job. What do they like best? What do they like least? How do they spend their days? Most people are happy to talk too you about their career!

Implement Effective Job Search Strategies. Landing a job offer requires planning, preparation, and persistence.  Be prepared to apply to many positions, know that even if you are a qualified candidate, you may not get the offer - prepare for rejection and develop your support network of who you lean on when you get discouraged and who will cheer you on and keep your confidence high.