Careers in Sociology

As a sociologist you will study social groups. You will research the systems and practices that influence family life, the community, education, industrial relations, crime, politics, minority and ethnic relations, poverty and the media.

Your understanding of social and cultural issues will benefit you in roles in social research, planning and policy development and evaluation. You should consider a research degree if you want to specialise in sociological research.

Your understanding of diverse social groups together with your highly developed communication and analytical skills will benefit you in roles in government (e.g. human services or multicultural affairs); the criminal justice system; community groups and advocacy services; business in areas such as management or community relations; politics; public relations or marketing.

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Skills and attributes

Sociology graduates need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes:

  • Ability to work with a diverse range of social groups across age groups
  • Strong conceptual analysis and consequential thinking
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Research skills and the capacity for detailed observation


Related roles include:

  • Social worker
  • Welfare officer
  • Researcher in ethnic and women's affairs
  • Criminologist
  • Community services officer
  • Market researcher
  • Policy analyst

Some related roles may require further study or experience.  Descriptions of occupations, industry career profile, salary and other employment information can be obtained from the My future website.

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Salary and job outlook

You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for environmental health graduates at Graduate Careers Australia.

Look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.

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