Projected Growth: Faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to Study human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organizations. May study the behavior and interaction of groups, trace their origin and growth, and analyze the influence of group activities on individual members.
Common job titles of Sociologists include:
Experience and Education
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
77.27% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.
22.73% said they needed a Master's Degree.
Analyze and interpret data to increase the understanding of human social behavior.
Observe group interactions and role affiliations to collect data, identify problems, evaluate progress, and determine the need for additional change.
Collect data about the attitudes, values, and behaviors of people in groups, using observation, interviews, and review of documents.
Present research findings at professional meetings.
Collaborate with research workers in other disciplines.
Direct work of statistical clerks, statisticians, and others who compile and evaluate research data.
Develop, implement, and evaluate methods of data collection, such as questionnaires or interviews.
Plan and conduct research to develop and test theories about societal issues such as crime, group relations, poverty, and aging.
Prepare publications and reports containing research findings.
Develop problem intervention procedures, using techniques such as interviews, consultations, role playing, and participant observation of group interactions.
Develop approaches to the solution of groups' problems, based on research findings in sociology and related disciplines.
Consult with and advise individuals such as administrators, social workers, and legislators regarding social issues and policies, as well as the implications of research findings.
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Data entry software
ESRI ArcGIS software
IBM SPSS Statistics
Microsoft WindowsAll Technologies
Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
Circle Systems Stat/Transfer
Customer relationship management CRM software
Data visualization software
Database management system DBMS
Fund accounting software
Muthen & Muthen MPlus
Online reference databases
QSR International NVivo
Qualtrics Research Suite
Scientific Software International HLM
Scientific Software International LISREL
Social media sites
Thomson Reuters EndNote
Web browser software
Web editing software
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Teaching others how to do something.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
History and Archeology
Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.