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					                                    SOCIOLOGY
                          What can I do with this degree?
          AREAS                         EMPLOYERS                                             STRATEGIES

ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
                          Waste management firms
                                                                            Take courses in general and urban ecology, statistics,
                          Health agencies
                                                                               and public speaking.
                          Local planning agencies
                                                                            Learn skills in communication networking, electronic
                          Environmental advocacy groups
                                                                               mail and analytical writing.
                          National advocacy groups
                                                                            Gain experience via part-time or summer jobs, intern-
                          Environmental periodicals
                                                                               ships or practicum placements, and volunteer work.
                          Federal government
                                                                            Obtain graduate degree for advancement.
                          Regional, state, and local agencies
                          Consulting firms



CRIMINAL JUSTICE                                                            Emphasize research methods, statistics, and
                          Correctional institutions
Corrections                                                                     computer skills.
                          Court systems
Rehabilitation                                                              Gain essential practical experience via part-time or
                          Federal, state and local government, especially
Law Enforcement                                                                summer jobs, internships or practicum
                              law enforcement agencies
Judiciary                                                                      placement, and volunteer work.
                                                                            Learn skills in communication networking and
                                                                               electronic mail.
                                                                            Obtain graduate degree for advancement.


DEMOGRAPHY
                          Companies and organizations doing demographic     Take courses in social research methods, statistics,
                               forecasting and population studies              computer applications, calculus and foreign
                          Companies compiling market research data             language.
                          Consulting firms                                  Develop good communication skills.
                          Business and industry                             Gain experience via internships or part-time jobs in
                          International, federal and state agencies             companies with statistical research departments.
                          Government and regional planning departments      Learn skills in communication networking and electronic
                          Colleges and universities                            mail.
                          Foundations                                       Obtain graduate degree for advancement.
                          Advertising and marketing firms
                          Private research firms
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                 AREAS                        EMPLOYERS                                            STRATEGIES


   HUMAN SERVICES
                                  Advocacy groups                                Learn skills in communication networking and
   Counseling
                                  Federal, state and local government               electronic mail.
    Advocacy
                                  United Way agencies/local branches of          Concentrate course work in areas of interest.
    Mental Health Services
                                       national non-profit organizations         Pursue excellent academic record.
    Social Services, including:
                                  Religiously-affiliated service organizations   Emphasize research methods courses, statistics
       Administration
                                  Adoption and child care agencies                  courses and computer skills.
       Programming
                                  Public and private nursing homes               Obtain counseling courses and experience for
       Recreation
                                  Hospitals                                         counseling and case worker positions.
                                                                                 Acquire related experience.
                                                                                 Obtain graduate degree for advancement.
                                                                                 Consider business minor or double major for
                                                                                    positions in administration, and master's in
                                                                                    healthcare administration for advancement.
                                                                                  May need master's degree in social work or counseing
                                                                                    for counseling positions.

   BUSINESS
   Demography/Planning            Research departments/firms                     Focus on an occupational area: personnel, industrial
   Human Resources                Personnel/industrial relations                    relations, management, marketing, or public
   Management                         departments                                   relations.
   Sales                          Marketing/management firms                     Take courses in labor relations, industrial psychology,
   Advertising                    Organizational planning departments/firms          personnel management, public speaking, writing,
   Marketing                      International businesses                           social psychology and/or business.
   Consumer Research              Manufacturing firms                            Gain related experience.
   Insurance                      Advertising firms                              Obtain graduate degree for advancement.
   Real Estate                    Consumer research/public relations firms       Learn skills in communication networking and
   Personnel/Training             Insurance/real estate companies                    electronic mail.
   Administration                 Publishing firms                               Stress work experience, social skills, public speaking,
                                  Consulting firms                                   writing skills, statistics and research training when
                                                                                     interviewing.

   EDUCATION
   Teaching                       Public and private schools                     Obtain certification/licensing to teach grades K-12.
   Administration                 Colleges and universities                      Volunteer as a tutor.
   Alumni Relations                                                              Obtain Ph.D. to teach and for advanced research
   Placement Offices                                                                positions in colleges and universities.
   Research                                                                      Secure strong personal recommendations.
                                                                                 Learn skills in communication networking and
                                                                                    electronic mail.
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              AREAS                                         EMPLOYERS                                                            STRATEGIES
    SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH
    Market Research Analysis                   Federal government                                           Learn federal government job application process.
    Evaluation Research                        National headquarters of non-profit                          Develop strong quantitative, statistical, writing,
                                                  organizations                                                information gathering, and assimilating
                                               Firms conducting social, market, or                            skills.
                                                  statistical research                                      Take courses in research methods and statistics.
                                               Public relations firms                                        Learn skills in communication networking and
                                               Professional periodicals                                        electronic mail.
                                               Newspapers and magazines                                     Acquire related experience.
                                               Social service agencies                                      Obtain graduate degree for advancement and
                                               Hospitals                                                       specialized areas.
                                               Business and industry
                                               Labor unions
                                               Professional sociologists
                                               Universities
                                               Religious organizations
                                               Public opinion research polls

   COMMUNITY RELATIONS                         Federal, state and local government                          Learn federal, state and local government job application
                                               National headquarters and local branches                         process.
                                                   of non-profit organizations                              Obtain experience in counseling, advocacy or
                                               Private social service organizations                             administration.
                                               Religiously-affiliated service organizations                 Acquire knowledge of community problems and
                                               Child care agencies                                             government resources.
                                                                                                            Gain volunteer experience.
                                                                                                            Take courses in public speaking and social psychology.
                                                                                                            Learn skills in communication networking and electronic
                                                                                                               mail.
  GOVERNMENT
  Social Science Analysis                      Public assistance agencies                                   Learn federal, state, and local government job
  Social Statistics                            Federal, state, local and county                                application process.
  Demography                                       government                                               Learn skills in communication networking and
  Administration                                                                                               electronic mail.
  Management                                                                                                Obtain experience in research and evaluation.
  Program Development                                                                                       Acquire skills in survey and evaluation research, and
  Policy Analysis                                                                                              specialties in such fields as health sociology,
  Personnel                                                                                                    aging, criminal justice, demography, and family.
  Research                                                                                                  Gain experience via co-op programs and volunteer
  Investigation                                                                                                work.
                                                                                                            Obtain graduate degree for advancement.

                               Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (1994)
                                                 UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA Employer.