What to do with an MA in Sociology

Careers (L. A. & OranGe Counties)

Sociology can be a rewarding field, but it is also a competitive one.  A master's degree is considered an entry-level requirement for many positions. Concomitant certification and/or field experience is often beneficial.

The following job titles/educational requirements have been excerpted from recent postings.

Addiction Medicine Counselor II/III

Required: "Master's degree in social work, psychology, sociology or other field related to behavioral health."
Concomitant Experience/Training: "Minimum two (2) years of supervised and related (may include adolescent, adult, family, co-dependent) work experience in the field of chemical dependency treatment. Will consider successful completion of . . . addiction medicine internship in lieu of experience."
(Job posting found on 11/04/16)

Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)

Required: "Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, Psychology, Sociology, Education or related field."
Concomitant Experience/Training: "Current Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)", "Minimum two years’ experience in a supervisory role, providing direction to multiple levels of staff", "Advanced training in ABA (applied behavioral analysis) and DTT (discrete trial training)".
(Job posting found on 11/04/16)

Community Outreach Specialist

Required: "Bachelor's Degree/Masters Degree (Emphasis in Psychology, Sociology or Social Work)"
(Job posting found on 11/04/16)

Geriatric Case Management Social Worker

Required: "Bachelor's Degree in social work, psychology, counseling, rehabilitation, gerontology or sociology required. Master's Degree preferred."
(Job posting found on 11/04/16)

Mental Health & Disability Specialist

Required: "BA or Masters preferred in Social Service area, (Psychology, Sociology, ECE or related field)"
(Job posting found on 11/04/16)

Research Analyst II, Behavioral Sciences

Required: "A Master's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in a field of the behavioral or social sciences* and one year's paid full time post master's research experience.
"*Qualifying education in the field of behavioral or social sciences includes the following major disciplines: Anthropology, Cognitive Science, Economics, History, Management Science, Organization Studies, Organizational Behavior, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Social Psychology, and Sociology."
(Job posting found on 11/04/16)

Sociology Instructor

Required: "Master's degree in sociology OR a bachelor's degree in sociology AND a master's degree in anthropology, any ethnic studies, social work, or psychology OR meet the equivalent qualifications established by the District, AND
Evidence of sensitivity to and understanding of working with students from diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, academic, and disability backgrounds."
(Job posting found on 11/04/16)

"Most sociology jobs require a master’s degree or Ph.D. Many bachelor’s degreeholders will find positions in related fields, such as social services, education, healthcare, or public policy."

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

"Almost one-third (30 percent) of those with terminal master's degrees spent most of their working hours doing applied or basic research activities compared to 20 percent of those who had not completed their terminal degree."

Source: Sociology Master's Graduates Join the Workforce (ASA Research Brief by Nicole Van Vooren and Roberta Spalter-Roth)

"Sociologists typically do the following:

  • Design research projects to test theories about social issues
  • Collect data through surveys, observations, interviews, and other sources
  • Analyze and draw conclusions from data
  • Prepare reports, articles, or presentations detailing their research findings
  • Collaborate with and advise other social scientists, policymakers, or other groups on research findings and sociological issues"

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics