General Information:

  • Many transferable skills such as analytical, organizational, research, interpersonal, computer, leadership, teamwork and oral/written communication are associated with the sociology degree.
  • Internships, part-time jobs, summer jobs and/or volunteer experiences are critical.
  • An undergraduate degree is sufficient for many entry-level positions in business, industry and government; however, a graduate degree is likely to be more desirable in a competitive market.
  • An undergraduate degree in sociology is great preparation for graduate or professional education in sociology, law, counseling, psychology, social work, medicine, education, college student personnel, higher education administration and other related fields. Research pre-requisites for graduate or professional programs of interest.
  • To enhance graduate or professional school opportunities, maintain a high grade point average, secure strong faculty recommendations, join student or professional organizations and gain relevant experience outside of the classroom through work, internship, volunteer and research opportunities.
  • A Ph.D. is required for teaching at the four-year university level.
  • For human or social service positions, gain experience with a population of interest (i.e., children, college students, elderly adults) and develop multicultural sensitivity and understanding.
  • Talk with professionals working in areas of interest.

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA Employer.


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