Sociologists

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics > Science and Mathematics

Projected Growth: Faster than average

400+
Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

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:
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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.

Tasks

    Teach sociology.

    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.

Tools

Videoconferencing equipment

Tablet computers

Personal computers

Digital video recorders

Digital audio recorders

Desktop computers

Computer laser printers

All Tools

Computer data input scanners

Technologies

Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop

Data entry software

ESRI ArcGIS software

Facebook

IBM SPSS Statistics

Microsoft Windows

All Technologies

R

Salesforce software

SAS

Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver

ATLAS.ti

Circle Systems Stat/Transfer

Customer relationship management CRM software

Data visualization software

Database management system DBMS

Email software

Fund accounting software

Helios TextPad

Microsoft Publisher

Muthen & Muthen MPlus

Online reference databases

QSR International NVivo

Qualtrics Research Suite

Scientific Software International HLM

Scientific Software International LISREL

Social media sites

StataCorp Stata

Thomson Reuters EndNote

VERBI MAXQDA

Web browser software

Web editing software

Skills

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

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.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Learning

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.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Science

Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Persuasion

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Abilities

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

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Sociology and Anthropology

Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

English Language

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.

Mathematics

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.

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