Career Paths

What do you gain with an undergraduate Sociology degree?

  • Critical thinking and writing skills
  • Advanced analytical skills
  • Social inquiry skills that enable students to understand social problems, social processes, and their effects
  • Practical research skills such as in-depth interviewing, focus groups, ethnography, survey and statistical methods, archival research and content analysis

How do your skills translate into the world of work?

A degree in Sociology provides students with a broad background suitable for a wide range of jobs in human resources, education, social services, government, business, sales and marketing, international development, and public policy analysis.

York Sociology students will also receive the methodological preparation needed to take on research jobs that are increasingly used by advertising and market research firms. Furthermore, the field of Sociology provides students with the critical thinking and analytic skills necessary to take on advanced analysis in all employment sectors.

Common career paths for sociology majors

  • Community Work for social service organizations, nonprofits, child-care or community development agencies, or environmental groups
  • Social Services in rehabilitation, case management, group work with youth or the elderly, recreation, or administration
  • Corrections in probation, parole, or other criminal justice work
  • Business in advertising, marketing and consumer research, insurance, real estate, personnel work, training, or sales
  • College Settings in admissions, alumni relations, or placement offices
  • Health Services in family planning, substance abuse, rehabilitation counseling, health planning, hospital admissions and insurance companies
  • Publishing, Journalism, and Public Relations in writing, research, and editing
  • Government Services in federal, state, and local government jobs in such areas as transportation, housing, agriculture and labour
  • Teaching in elementary and secondary schools, in conjunction with appropriate teaching certification
  • Teaching in college and university institutions, with additional Masters or Ph.D. degree attainment

Career planning and information

Please visit the York University Career Planning Centre.