Careers in Sociology

Sociology is an excellent background for a number of fields. Professional sociologists often specialize in fields such as social organizations, social psychology, or urban sociology. Many specialize in studying intergroup relationships while others conduct surveys or concentrate on research methods. Growing numbers apply sociological knowledge and methods to penology, education, public relations, business, or regional and community planning.

The following positions currently held by Xavier sociology graduates illustrate the diverse careers open to sociology majors:

  • Director of Public Relations
  • Attorney
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Airline Sales Executive
  • College Professor
  • Advertising/Marketing Account Executive
  • Director of Social Services
  • Police Officer

This is just a sampling of the types of careers open to sociology majors. Some of these positions require post graduate education which builds on the Xavier sociology major.

The University's center for career and leadership development assists students in their search for employment by offering individual career counseling sessions, by conducting an annual workshop series on interviewing and resume writing techniques and by maintaining an educational, vocational and employer information resource center. Over 100 nationally known companies visit the campus annually to interview graduating seniors for positions in business and industry. Many students begin working with the center and leadership development during their freshman year to develop a personal career plan.