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:
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 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 www.careerservices.uiuc.edu.
WHAT CAREERS CAN I PURSUE WITH A DEGREE IN SOCIOLOGY?
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.
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.
STUDENTS IN SOCIOLOGY HAVE PURSUED CAREERS IN...
- Determine you Career Readiness
- Explore Majors to Careers
- Explore your Interests, Values, and Skills Through UIUC Career Center Career Skills Matcher
- UIUC Career Center Career Decision Making resources
- Visit the College of LAS Life + Career Design Lab
- Make an appointment at the Career Center for Career Coaching to begin your search process
- Attend Workshops through the Career Center
- Utilize On-Demand Career Fair Prep Resources
- Check out UIUC Career Center #TheWayYouSayIt
- Create Your Personal Brand
- Sample Good Resume
- Free Resume Scanner to check for key words
- How to write a good cover letter
- Attend the annual campus career fairs held in September and April: ACES + LAS; GIES Business; and Grainger Engineering. Our students have found opportunities at all three of these fairs
- Sign up and utilize Handshake
- Connect and Network via your LinkedIn Account
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.
- Identify organizations or offices on campus you are interested in and approach them about internship opportunities
- Identify organizations/companies in your local area to connect with for possibly internship experiences
- Watch the weekly Sociology Department Advising newsletter for posted opportunities
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.
Explore a wide range of Career Options
Wondering what you can do with your Sociology degree?
Worried about changing your mind about your career ideas late in your academic career?
Wondering how to job search successfully in the pandemic environment?
Watch this 35 minute conversation with 2020 graduates:
Erica Hamlink: Senior Human Resources Assistant, Amazon
Alexis Hernandez: Paralegal, Department of Justice
Anna Hoban: University of Chicago Social Work Masters' Program
Claudia Sova: Program Specialist, American Hospital Association
Mitch Wells: UIUC Labor & Employment Relations Masters' Program
Watch the ASA workshop After the Degree: Career Options for Sociology Majors
Watch the ASA Workshop for transitioning post-graduation and job search What Are You Going to Do With That? A Workshop for Undergraduate Sociology Students: Scroll down to workshop video at this link
Watch the ASA Workshop on Building a Career with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology: Scroll down to workshop video at this link