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What You Need to Know About Sociologists

Occupation Description Study human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organizations. May study the behavior and interaction of groups, trace their origin and growth, and analyze the influence of group activities on individual members.

List of Sociologist Job Duties

  • Prepare publications and reports containing research findings.
  • Direct work of statistical clerks, statisticians, and others who compile and evaluate research data.
  • Collect data about the attitudes, values, and behaviors of people in groups, using observation, interviews, and review of documents.
  • Analyze and interpret data to increase the understanding of human social behavior.
  • Teach sociology.
  • Present research findings at professional meetings.

What a Sociologist Should Know

When polled, Sociologists say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Other Sociologist Job Titles

  • Criminologist
  • Study Director
  • Clinical Sociologist
  • Research and Evaluation Manager
  • Research Specialist

Sociologist Employment Estimates

There were about 3,500 jobs for Sociologists in 2016 (in the United States).

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 1.3% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts new jobs for Sociologists by 2026. The BLS estimates 300 yearly job openings in this field per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Sociologists in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Sociologists are Wisconsin, New York, and Florida.

Watch out if you plan on working in Pennsylvania, Oregon, or North Carolina. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Sociologist Make?

The salary for Sociologists ranges between about $46,170 and $140,430 a year. A Sociologist median salary is $82,050.

Salary Ranges for Sociologists

How much do Sociologists make in each U.S. state?

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

Pennsylvania

$121,470

Massachusetts

$111,020

New Jersey

$106,470

California

$98,560

North Carolina

$95,260

Michigan

$88,180

Illinois

$86,280

Wisconsin

$80,270

Florida

$78,490

New York

$75,800

Maryland

$74,540

Washington

$74,130

Utah

$72,570

Ohio

$67,230

South Dakota

$43,080

What Tools & Technology do Sociologists Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Sociologists may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft Office
  • R
  • SAS
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Access

Where Sociologists Work

Sociologist Sectors

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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