"I look at society and its effect on people."

Yes, but what do you actually do as a sociologist?

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Sociologists study human society and social behaviour to understand and find solutions to complex social issues.

If you are interested in human behaviour, social organization, culture, and social change, a career in sociology might be for you.

How Will You Contribute?

The study of sociology benefits both individuals and society as a whole.

The more we understand the social issues and challenges facing us, the better we can address them.

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Because of the field's breadth and diversity, there is virtually no life area where a sociologist's contributions are not valuable.

Specialization areas include:

  • Education

  • Family

  • Race and ethnic relations

  • War

  • Peace

  • Social psychology

  • Gender roles and associations

  • Political sociology

and more!

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What Will You Do On The Job?

  • Plan and execute research to develop and test theories.

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate methods of data collection.

  • Collect data about people's behaviours in groups.

  • Prepare reports about research findings.

  • Present research findings at professional meetings.

  • Advise policymakers and other groups based on findings.

  • Teach sociology.

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The Skills You Will Develop:

  • Understand group dynamics and different perspectives.

  • Construct and examine persuasive arguments.

  • Collect, manage, and interpret complex forms of data.

  • Communicateeffectively through written and oral presentations.

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Quiz

Rupal wants to choose a career path that will allow her to support communities and ensure vulnerable people are safe from harm. She prefers working directly with individuals and does not enjoy paperwork or a desk job. Is she a good fit as a sociologist?

Where Can You Work?

Because of its far-reaching nature, a degree in sociology can open up a diverse range of career options in fields such as:

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Sociology jobs typically require a Master's degree, and most sociologists hold a Ph.D. Many bachelor's degree holders can find jobs in related fields.

Quiz

Which of the following jobs is a sociologist trained for?

How Much Can You Make?

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In the US, the average salary for sociologists is $83,000 USD

Entry-level positions start at $47,000 USD

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In Canada, the average salary for sociologists is $90,000 CAD

Entry-level positions start at $69,000 CAD

You Will Love It If You:

  • Are fascinated with how people interact with each other.

  • Prefer working with ideas over physical activity.

  • Have an investigative nature and enjoy working with data.

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Stay Away From This If You:

  • Enjoy practical, hands-on work.

  • Dislike abstract, theoretical thinking.

  • Are a risk-taker and like fast-paced working environments.

  • Are not interested in pursuing postgrad degrees.

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Take Action

Think you might be interested in sociology as a career path?

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