Your degree in Sociology

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 exploring 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. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that 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 office

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 or Professor

Tourism industry consultant

University admissions officer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

Sociology Students’ Association
Meet other UBC Sociology students through events and programs. 

Departmental events
Network with Sociology students and faculty members at a variety of events.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Sojourners: Undergraduate Journal of Sociology
Showcase your research by submitting papers to be published in a peer and faculty-reviewed journal.

UBC Sociology student support
Explore various programs and events related to mentorship, peer support, and applying to graduate and professional programs.

Sociology co-op success stories
Learn about the experiences of past and present co-op students from your program and others.

Experiential opportunities
Check out field school as well as local and international study opportunities for Sociology students.

Teaching assistantships
Apply for an undergraduate teaching assistant opportunity with the Department of Sociology.

Distinguished Speaker Series
Meet with fellow Sociology students and faculty to learn about topics from a variety of guest speakers.

International fieldwork opportunities
Explore volunteer and field school opportunities around the world.

Volunteer and internship opportunities
Explore various resources to gain local and international experience.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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