Your degree in Sociology

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Sociology, you’re learning to investigate the social ties between private and public, agency and structure, or individual and society. You’ll develop important skills to critically apply a sociological perspective to your own life and to the social worlds in which you live.

These skills may include:

  • Analytical skills applied to understanding the constructed nature of social life
  • Qualitative and quantitative research, data collection and interviewing, statistical interpretation, synthesis of facts, and presentation of findings
  • Collaboration and leadership skills gained through hands-on fieldwork experiences
  • Time management of projects throughout planning, organization, and implementation stages
  • Problem solving and presentation of alternative solutions to contemporary social issues
  • Clear and concise written communication that incorporates an alertness of how power operates across different levels of society 
  • Critical thinking and public speaking skills that demonstrate an ability to see issues from a variety of perspectives

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including government, public policy, international development, business, non-profit, communications, research, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Aboriginal affairs officer
  • Actuary
  • Addictions counsellor
  • Behavioural therapist
  • Census area manager
  • Charitable organization director
  • Child and youth worker
  • Communications manager
  • Community development worker
  • Community relations officer
  • Copywriter
  • Corporate image consultant
  • Corrections case manager
  • Cultural interpreter
  • Customs officer
  • Dating agency consultant
  • Demographer
  • Disability case manager 
  • Diversity consultant
  • Employment counsellor
  • Foreign service officer
  • Human resources specialist
  • Human rights officer
  • Immigration officer
  • International development worker
  • Labour relations mediator
  • Lobbyist
  • Market researcher
  • News analyst
  • Public relations coordinator
  • Recreation planner
  • Rehabilitation counsellor
  • Rural development manager
  • Social policy researcher
  • Social researcher
  • Social science statistician
  • Sociologist
  • Student services counsellor
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Tourism industry consultant
  • University admissions officer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Sociology graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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