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Careers for Sociology Majors

What can you do with a degree in Sociology or Sociology-Environmental Studies?

The real question is, what can’t you do? Students who graduate from Whitman College with a degree in Sociology or Sociology-Environmental Studies follow diverse and fulfilling education and career paths. Many of these paths begin to take shape in internships, community engagement, study abroad experiences, and thesis research while at Whitman. 

Here are some of the types of career areas (and areas of graduate study) where our majors find themselves after receiving their bachelor’s degree from Whitman: 

  • Community and non-profit development and planning, including grant writing
  • Data management, design, and user experience in technology and computer science fields
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership roles in organizations
  • Early learning, elementary, and secondary education professions
  • Higher education positions in student affairs and administration
  • Public policy, lobbying, and governmental positions
  • Advocacy work, including immigrant rights
  • Public health and medical professions
  • Global development positions within international non-governmental organizations
  • Social work and counseling
  • Market research and/or marketing
  • Organizational communication, including public relations and social media outreach
  • Political campaign work
  • Environmental sustainability and green energy and design fields
  • Law and criminological professions
  • Business, finance, and entrepreneurial ventures
  • Higher education teaching and research positions in Sociology and related fields

For more information about career development opportunities for Life After Whitman, including what you can be doing throughout your Whitman education, please seek out advice from Sociology faculty, the Career and Community Engagement Center, and/or the American Sociological Association’s resources.

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