Careers in Sociology

Graduates in Sociology from Murray State have gone on to attend law school, graduate school, work as community organizers, advocate for the rights of children, work in business and management positions, serve in social service agencies and non-profit organizations, and to careers in community health to name a few.

A degree can lead to employment opportunities in all of the following areas:

  • Criminal Justice: Corrections, Rehabilitation, Law Enforcement, the Justice System, Parole System.
  • Business and Marketing Advertising, Consumer and Market Research, Management of Non-profit organizations, Human Resources, Training and Human Development, Leadership Training.
  • Research and Planning- Governmental and regional planning departments, research firms, evaluation research, public opinion research.
  • Agencies-Social Work, Mental Health Services, Adoption, Child Care, Youth Services, Developmental Disability Services.
  • Government- Social Science Analysis, Census Bureau and other federal agencies, Administration, Policy Analysis, Personnel, Homeland Security.
  • Education- Teaching at Public and Private Schools, Colleges and Universities, Administration, Alumni Relations, Placement Offices, Educational Research.
  • Advocacy- Environmental, Child Welfare, National Policies, Victims Rights, Labor Rights, Community Organization.
  • Communications- Technical Writing, Newspaper and Magazine Reporting, Public Relations.

Need help finding employment? Come talk to us in the Sociology program or visit these websites:

For general information about careers in sociology: American Sociological Association: Careers in Sociology

Federal Job Websites:

US Department of Health & Human Services

US Department of Housing & Urban Development

Corp. for National & Community Service (includes Americorp & VISTA)



Non-Profit Job Websites:

Deep Sweep

Community Career Center

On Philanthropy


Nonprofit Directions

Nonprofit Oyster

Nonprofit career Network

Opportunity NOC’s

Philanthropy News Network Online

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

Job Titles for Sociology Majors:

This list is not exhaustive. Many positions now require a graduate degree, so be sure to come talk to us about why a Sociology degree provides a great foundation for graduate studies.

Business and Industry

  • advertising staffer
  • banker
  • computer analyst
  • consumer relations worker
  • control engineer
  • data entry manager
  • human resources manager
  • insurance agent
  • issues manager
  • labor relations staffer
  • market analyst
  • merchandiser/purchaser
  • planning assistant
  • production manager
  • project manager
  • public relations staffer
  • publishing staffer
  • quality control manager
  • real estate agent
  • recruiter or "sourcer"
  • sales representative/manager
  • technical writer
  • telemarketer
  • trainer
  • training assistant

Community and Social Services

  • case manager
  • caseworker/aide
  • child care worker
  • child development technician
  • community aide
  • community organizer
  • environmental organizer
  • family planning worker
  • fund raising assistant/director
  • group home worker
  • homeless/housing worker
  • hospital administrator
  • housing coordinator
  • medical records worker
  • occupational/career counselor
  • public administration assistant
  • public assistance worker
  • public health supervisor
  • recreation worker
  • rehabilitation program worker
  • resident planning aide
  • rural health outreach worker
  • substance abuse counselor
  • youth outreach worker


  • admissions counselor
  • affirmative action assistant
  • alumni relations worker
  • college placement worker
  • extension service specialist
  • public health educator
  • student personnel worker
  • teacher


  • affirmative action worker
  • employee specialist
  • foreign service officer
  • human rights officer
  • information officer
  • international worker
  • legislative aide
  • peace corps volunteer
  • personnel coordinator
  • program supervisor
  • special agent
  • urban planner

Justice System

  • correctional counselor
  • corrections officer
  • corrections staffer
  • criminal investigator
  • juvenile court worker
  • parole officer
  • police department staffer
  • police officer
  • rehabilitation counselor
  • state trooper


  • census research assistant
  • consumer researcher
  • criminology assistant
  • data analyst
  • demographer assistant
  • interviewer
  • market researcher
  • social research assistant
  • statistician
  • survey research technician