Sociologists
SOC: 19-3041.00

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
2,600 employed

Projected (2024):
2,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Behavioral Scientist
  • Career Analyst
  • Clinical Evaluator
  • Clinical Sociologist
  • Criminologist
  • Disability Statistics Assistant
  • Evaluation Manager
  • Family Sociologist
  • Foundation Program Director
  • International Health Director (Health Science Administration)
  • Medical Sociologist
  • Penologist
  • Policy Advisor
  • Policy Analyst
  • Policy Officer
  • Professor
  • Program Evaluator
  • Research and Evaluation Manager
  • Research Associate
  • Research Center Director
  • Research Coordinator
  • Research Fellow
  • Research Scientist
  • Research Specialist
  • Research, Evaluation, and Test Administration Director
  • Rural Sociologist
  • Social Scientist
  • Social Welfare Research Worker
  • Sociologist
  • Study Director
  • Urban Sociologist


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media


  • Tasks:

  • Prepare publications and reports containing research findings.
  • Analyze and interpret data to increase the understanding of human social behavior.
  • Plan and conduct research to develop and test theories about societal issues such as crime, group relations, poverty, and aging.
  • Collect data about the attitudes, values, and behaviors of people in groups, using observation, interviews, and review of documents.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate methods of data collection, such as questionnaires or interviews.
  • Teach sociology.
  • Direct work of statistical clerks, statisticians, and others who compile and evaluate research data.
  • Consult with and advise individuals such as administrators, social workers, and legislators regarding social issues and policies, as well as the implications of research findings.
  • Collaborate with research workers in other disciplines.
  • Develop approaches to the solution of groups' problems, based on research findings in sociology and related disciplines.
  • Observe group interactions and role affiliations to collect data, identify problems, evaluate progress, and determine the need for additional change.
  • Develop problem intervention procedures, using techniques such as interviews, consultations, role playing, and participant observation of group interactions.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Computer data input scanners
  • Computer laser printers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital audio recorders
  • Digital video recorders
  • Personal computers
  • Tablet computers
  • Videoconferencing equipment
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • ATLAS.ti
  • Circle Systems Stat/Transfer
  • Data entry software
  • Database management system DBMS software
  • Email software
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Helios TextPad
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Word
  • Muthen & Muthen MPlus
  • Online reference databases
  • QSR International NVivo
  • Qualtrics Research Suite
  • R
  • SAS software
  • Scientific Software International HLM
  • Scientific Software International LISREL
  • SPSS software
  • StataCorp Stata
  • Thomson Reuters EndNote
  • VERBI MAXQDA
  • Web browser software
  • Web editing software


  • life physical and social science


    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220