Sociology - A Career Overview

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Sociology.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • An understanding of human behaviour, communication and interaction from a social perspective
  • Awareness of social or community behaviour and expectations and related public policy
  • Awareness of current social, community and ethical issues and relevant policy
  • Knowledge of behavioural components of sociological theory and the skills to apply this knowledge
  • Understanding of the interrelationships of various social, cultural and community groups
  • Ability to conduct, explain and interpret sociological and information research clearly and to apply this information to changing situations
  • Knowledge of various governmental, community and social institutions and their roles, and an ability to provide information and direction to assist in making informed decisions
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of social problems and the human condition

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Addictions Counsellor
Admissions Officer
Career/Employment Counsellor
Case Manager
Child/Youth Worker
Community Development Co-
Community Relations Specialist
Community Worker
Corporate Trainer
Disability Services Worker
Diversity Consultant
Event Planner
Healthcare Administrator
Human Resources
Job Analyst
Labour Relations Mediator
Law Enforcement
Management Trainee
Market Research Analyst
Marriage and Family Therapist
Media Analyst/Researcher
Media Buyer
Mediator/Labour Relations
Office Administrator
Probation Officer
Program Co-ordinator/Manager
Project Co-ordinator
Public Administration
Public Affairs Specialist
Public Information Officer
Public Policy Analyst
Public Relations Specialist
Quality Control Specialist
Real Estate Appraiser/Agent
Recreation Planner/Co-ordinator
Rehabilitation Counsellor
Retail Sales Supervisor/Manager
Social Policy Researcher
Social Statistician
Social Worker
Student Life Co-ordinator
Urban Planner
Victims Advocate
Volunteer Co-ordinator

Potential Employers

Chambers of Commerce
Community Agencies
Educational Institutions
Hospitality Industry
Employee Assistance Plan
Family & Children’s Services
Family Health Teams
Government Agencies
International Development
Long-term Care Facilities
Medical or Psychiatric Clinics
Mental Health Centres
Planning Councils
Political Parties/Lobbying
Residential Facilities
Social Services Agencies


Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council
Association for Applied Sociology
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
Canadian Council on Social Development
Canadian Sociological Association
Canada Council for the Arts
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
International Sociological Association
International Development Research Centre
Centre for Public Legal Education, Alberta
Human Resources Professionals Association

Are you interested in learning first hand about the careers our alumni have successfully pursued? Connect with Laurier alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program. Participating alumni represent a variety of disciplines, careers and industries.

In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.

This resource is available at the Career Resource Centre.

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