I’m an S.Y.B.A. (Sociology) student. What are my career options after I graduate?
Shwetha / Chennai
The study of sociology offers valuable preparation for careers in law, journalism, business, social work, counselling, politics, public relations, public administration and other related disciplines. These fields require the conceptual and skill-based training that comes from undertaking a degree in sociology.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, you will be employed in businesses, which deal with social programmes and their implementation. Sociology is also one of the few sought after optional for the aspirants of the prestigious Civil Services Examination.
After earning a Master’s degree, you will be involved in conducting surveys, gathering data and evaluating the efficacy of different kinds of social and welfare programmes. This way, you help the companies to plan for the future, deal with organizational re-structuring and downsizing and conduct market research for advertisers and manufactures.
Sociologists extensively use statistical and computer techniques in their research, along with qualitative methods such as focus group research and social impact assessment.
Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.