Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Sociology Careers

A degree in sociology offers valuable preparation for many careers. Each year, TRU graduates go to the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Northern British Columbia, or University of Victoria to study for graduate degrees (for example, Master of Arts).

Some of our sociology majors have gone into professional programs, including TRU's education or social work departments. Others have found that a sociology degree provides entry into a wide variety of occupations in management, government and human services agencies. Graduates with a sociology major will find that job titles do not include the word "sociology," nor will they find many entries under "sociologist" in newspapers employment ads or professional journals. All employers, however, want to hire people who can think, analyse, respond appropriately to problems, and communicate effectively.

You can go anywhere with a sociology degree. Listed below are some of the careers for TRU graduates with a degree in sociology. This list should be the starting point, not an end in your career search.

Bachelor of Arts graduates

Business and industry
  • Human resources professional
  • General manager
  • Consultant
  • Consumer relations worker
  • Urban planner
  • Market analyst
  • Banker
Justice system
  • Corrections officer
  • Criminal investigator
  • Juvenile court worker
  • Parole office
  • Police officer
  • Correctional counsellor
  • Rehabilitation counsellor
Community and social service
  • Childcare worker
  • Caseworker/aide
  • Environmental organizer
  • Youth outreach worker
  • Family planning worker
  • Substance abuse counsellor
  • Hospital administrator
  • Homeless/housing worker
  • Child development technician
  • Group home worker

  • Teacher
  • Admissions counsellor
  • College placement worker
  • Career counsellor

Master of Arts and PhD graduates

  • Professor of sociology
  • Demographer
  • Epidemiologist
  • Medical sociologist
  • Clinical sociologist
  • Applied sociologist
  • Criminal justice analyst
  • Corrections/prison analyst
  • Educational analyst
  • Health (science) analyst
  • Information analyst
  • Computer statistician
  • Financial statistician
  • Hospital statistician
  • Indicators statistician
  • International statistician
  • Social impact statistician
  • Survey statistician
  • Urban statistician
  • Family researcher
  • Cancer prevention researcher
  • Consumer researcher
  • Data archivist
  • Maternal/child researcher
  • Mental health researcher
  • Needs assessment researcher
  • Social scientist
Social service professional
  • Counsellor
  • Eligibility worker
  • Social worker
  • Therapist