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6 Jobs for Sociology and Anthropology Majors

6 Jobs for Sociology and Anthropology Majors


By Lisa Epstein
Monster Contributing Writer


Studying sociology or anthropology for your undergraduate degree can have nice career payoffs. While few sociology majors go onto become sociologists, and few anthropology majors go on to become anthropologists, many do go on to land interesting and rewarding jobs in an array of milieus.

Stand and be proud sociology and anthropology majors, there are plenty of cool jobs for you.  The skills gleaned from studying the social science, analyzing trends and behaviors, transfer well into the world of work. Here is but a small sample of what you can do you with your degree.  

All those hours of pouring through research can make you the right fit as market researcher. You’ll be looking at consumer trends, compiling reports and presenting your findings to the rest of the organization. Businesses rely on this type of information to drive sales.

You’ll need to utilize the written skills you acquired from writing all those papers. Police officers are constantly filling out reports and communicating past events. A police officer needs a keen understanding of human behavior and good observation skills. As well, an officer must understand the nuances of the law and yet be objective when answering service calls.

A good travel writer speaks to the locals, eats with the locals and spends time like a local. The critical thinking skills you acquired during your stay at university will help you analyze your experiences. Pair that with your social science writing skills and your ticket to a far off destination is booked!

You’ve studied trends and patterns in groups and societies; here’s your chance to put that knowledge into action in your community. If you're passionate about social justice, this job is rewarding. Youth service coordinators helps design and implement community outreach programs like mentoring, counselling and special activities to keep kids safe, happy and stimulated.

Like the Youth Services Coordinator, this position is all about making a difference. You’ll need highly developed research skills to locate resources and you'll need excellent interpersonal communications skills to present your findings in all sorts of different ways depending on which population you are serving. You'll act as the liaison between the organization and the people needing help and support.

Public policy analysts scrutinize existing policies by performing research, establishing root causes, and evaluating alternative solutions. You’ll find analysts at all levels of government and within businesses and non-profits. Public policy analysts are experts in their fields. With a degree in anthropology or sociology, you too can be a policy analyst.

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