What do Sociology majors do after graduation?

Our majors and prospective majors frequently ask the faculty in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at the University of Dayton about career options. A degree in sociology provides a strong liberal arts education. It provides valuable preparation for a broad variety of careers. A look at the jobs held by our alumni gives a flavor for how diverse these careers are.

To be a professional sociologist, anthropologist or social worker requires graduate training. Many of our majors choose this path. We take pride in the fact that former students have been accepted at the very best graduate and law programs in the country. Some have even chosen the path to medical school.

While majors find study of the social sciences fascinating and good preparation for many of life's challenges, most decide not to pursue graduate education. What then do they do? We recently sorted through surveys of former graduates and noted the jobs our majors currently hold. We found that they do almost everything you can imagine. Some have entered religious life, decided on careers as writers or artists, or chosen a career in government or the military. The largest share, however, work in a range of jobs within one of four general areas:

  • Business
  • Criminal Justice and Law
  • Education
  • Social Services, Health Care and Government

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