UGA Specific Information for Sociology

The major is designed to teach undergraduate students the sociological perspective, which has three central aspects. The first is the recognition of the preeminence of social structures and their influences, and of micro- and macro-level social processes. The second is the role of logic and of the scientific method in the acquisition of knowledge. The final aspect is the enduring link between the individual's experience and larger social processes.

In achieving its purpose, the sociology curriculum provides repeated experiences wherein students pose sociological questions and bring data to bear on them, making full use of computer technologies. Courses underscore the centrality of race, class, gender and culture in society and in sociological analysis. In the process, they expose students to comparative and international materials. More generally, the major develops student capacity for abstract thought, and for effective written and oral communication.

Sociology is a liberal-arts specialty that leads to a wide range of career options in government or business. In addition, a sociology major provides a solid foundation for further post-graduate study in law, business, and the social sciences. An undergraduate sociology major provides valuable insights into social factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, and social class that affect work and how organizations operate. Sociology majors who are interested in organizational theory gravitate toward organizational planning, development, and training. Those who study the sociology of work and occupations may pursue careers in human resources management (personnel) and industrial relations. Students who especially enjoy research design, statistics, and data analysis seek positions in marketing, public relations, and organizational research. Courses in economic and political sociology, cultural diversity, racial and ethnic relations, and social conflict can lead to positions in international business.

Taken from UGA Bulletin.

Class of 2023 Career Outcomes for Sociology*

** Includes Self-Employed

Campus Resources

Career Consulting

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Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Certificate Programs

Department of Sociology

Involvement Network

Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations

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The Forage online job simulations

Sociology Job Market Forum 

Additional Career Research Resources

  • O*NET Online – The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with over 900 occupations.  
  • My Next Move – An interactive tool for students and job seekers to learn more about their career options.  
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook – The OOH is a career resource offering information on the hundreds of occupations that provide most of jobs in the United States.  
  • Vault – provides in-depth intelligence on what it’s really like to work in an industry, company, or profession – and how to position yourself to land that job.  
  • Candid Career – This resource provides you with access to thousands of informational video interviews with real professionals through an easy-to-use website.  
  • UGA Mentor Program – Connect with a mentor (alumni, faculty, staff) to research and explore industries and careers. Research industries and careers by connecting with a mentor for a quick chat or formal 16-week mentorship through the UGA Mentor Program.  
  • Interstride - Interstride is an interactive tool for both international and domestic students to enhance their international experience and employment potential. The platform consists of job-listings, hiring trends, employer information, self-assessments, and up-to-date immigration guidance. 
  • Glassdoor - Glassdoor is a free jobs and career community that offers an inside look at jobs and companies through "employee generated content" – anonymous salaries, company reviews, interview questions, and more – all posted by employees and job seekers.  
  • Steppingblocks - Research your future career with real-world stats about your major, your interests, and your dream job title with career and education searches designed to find your best path based on millions of others. It’s data-powered career exploration for doers like you.

Employment Websites


  • Handshake (scroll down to the bottom of the page; login with your UGA MyID and password)  
  • LinkedIn (this popular networking site also has a job board!) 
  • Idealist (non-profit jobs) 
  • USAJobs (federal jobs) 

Professional Associations/Resources

Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2023 Sociology majors

The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2023 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
Applied ABC Registered Behavior Technician
Association of Energy Engineers Office Manager
Athens Clarke County Library Heritage Room Intern
Athens-Clarke County Unified Government Police Officer
Atlanta City School District College and Career Advisor
Avita Community Partners Case Manager
Bethune Law Firm, LLC Legal Assistant
Bulso PLC Research Analyst
Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow
CourtDox-GA, LLC Quality Assurance Specialist
Disability and Resource Center Test Administration Assistant
District Attorney's Office Administration Assistant
Georgia Department of Community Supervision Community Supervision Officer I
Georgia Department of Community Supervision Community Supervision Officer I
Global Treks and Adventures Intern
Graphic Packaging International Talent Acquisition Coordinator
Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Coordinator
Kennedy, Nalepa & Soloway, P.C. Legal Intern
Lavender Pest Control Office Administrator & Social Media Manager
Linville Law Group Legal Assistant
Minnehaha County Public Defender’s Office Legal Office Assistant
Mortons Jawel Corp Full Stack Developer
Park Avenue Medicine and Surgery Medical Assistant and Surgical Coordinator
Parkway Law Group Director of Strategic Operations
Pilgram's Pride Human Resources Analyst
Radar Healthcare Providers Intern
Stein West Clinic Medical Assistant
The Reynolds and Reynolds Company Outside Sales Trainee
United States Senate Staff Assistant
United States Senate Staff Assistant
University of Georgia Police Officer
World 50 Member Services Coordinator
* denotes no responses received.

*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2023 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.

Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2023 Sociology majors

The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2023 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Graduate School Program(s)
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School Law, JD
Augusta University Dental Medicine, DMD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ASPPH CDC, Fellowship
Emory University Public Health, MPH
Indiana University Bloomington Program and Degree Not Specified
Mercer University Law, JD
Mercer University Law, JD
Mercer University Unspecified Professional Program
Rush University Health Systems Management, MS
Southern Methodist University Law, JD
University of Central Florida Nonprofit Management and Leadership, MNM
University of Georgia Political Science, Degree Not Specified
University of Georgia Public Administration, MPA
University of Georgia Law, LLM
University of Georgia Law,JD
University of Georgia Social Work, MSW
University of Georgia Social Work, MSW
University of Georgia Social Work, MSW
University of Iowa Unspecified Professional Program
University of North Georgia Counseling, MS
University of South Carolina Law, JD
Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter, Degree Not Specified
* denotes no responses received.