Career Options

Careers for Sociology Majors

  • Counselor/Case Manager
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Anthropologist
  • Criminologist
  • Research Scientist
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • Correctional Officer
  • Journalist
  • Social Services Case Manager
  • Nonprofit Program Coordinator
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Teacher

Starting Salary*

The typical starting salary for a sociology major is $32,388. The typical salary after 10-19 years is $57,835.

*Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit

Job Titles of People with Sociology Degrees

  • Attorney, Feminist Majority Foundation
  • Vice President for News Editorials, Knight-Ridder, Inc.
  • Director, Community Television, Santa Cruz
  • Music Director and Conductor, The Berkeley Symphony
  • Deputy Public Defender, Riverside County Public Defender’s Office
  • Director of Research, The National Jury Project
  • Founder and Owner, New Leaf Community Markets
  • Managing Editor, Image magazine, San Francisco Examiner
  • Applied Sociologist, British Columbia
  • Care Coordinator, Alternatives in Psychological Consultation
  • Correctional Counselor, California Department of Corrections
  • AdWords Associate Manager, Google
  • Player Development Manager, NFL
  • Consumer Market Researcher, Founder of Opinion Technology Company
  • HR Policy Writer, Veritas
  • Membership and Development Manager, San Diego Museum of Art
  • Strategist, Egg Strategy
  • Lead Organizer, California Sierra Club
Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.