Careers in Sociology


Sociology is the study of human society, a fascinating and exciting area of inquiry. Students often develop a deep interest in this subject and decide that they wish to major in this discipline. There are a number of careers for which an undergraduate degree in Sociology offers valuable preparation. Many students also go on to pursue graduate studies and enjoy fulfilling academic careers in universities and research centres across Canada and throughout the world.

Are you interested in Criminological Theory, Social Policy & Social Welfare, Immigration & Settlement Studies, Environmental Studies, Sociology of Deviance, Sex & Gender Relationships, Genocide Studies, Studies on Aging, or Social Stratification?

What role do you wish to play in our global society? Community planner, youth worker, research associate, health researcher, social policy researcher, human rights educator/activist, data analyst, journalist, or labour relations specialist?  Broad in scope, studies in Sociology can aid in developing the knowledge and skills necessary for a variety of vocations.

Sample Career Options:

  • Affirmative Action Coordinator
  • College Placement Officer
  • Community Planner
  • Counsellor (alcoholism, career, drug abuse)
  • Criminology Researcher
  • Demographer
  • Employment Counsellor
  • Environmental Analyst/Planner
  • Equal Opportunity Specialist (Employment Equity Officer)
  • Gerontologist
  • Grants Officer/Assistant
  • Group Worker (social service agency/hospital)
  • Health Researcher
  • Health & Safety Education
  • Human Rights Worker/Social Activist
  • Labour Relations Specialist
  • Legislative Aid
  • Marketing Researcher
  • Personnel Management/Assistant
  • Police Officer
  • Policy Planner/Analyst/Evaluator
  • Probation & Parole Officer
  • Public Information Specialist
  • Public Relations Supervisor
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Research Analyst/Assistant
  • Social Historian
  • Social Policy Researcher
  • Statistician/Statistical Assistant
  • Urban Planner/Analyst
  • Vocational Development Specialist