Sociology Resources

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Job Titles

Academic Advisor/Counselor Demographer Parent Counselor/Educator
Administration of Justice Director, Social Services Agency Peace Corps/VISTA Worker
Admissions Counselor Director, Volunteer Services Political Systems Researcher
Adoption Agent Educator Population studies Researcher/Specialist
Advocate Elder Care Worker Probation/Parole Officer
Aging Specialist Executive Search Consultant Professor
Alcohol & Drug Case Worker Family Guidance Clinic Worker Program Coordinator/Director
Anthropologist Family Preservation Case Worker Project Manager
Applied Sociologist Family Services Specialist Public Administrator
Archaeologist Financial Aid Director Public Assistance Worker
Bilingual/Bicultural Program Specialist Foster Care Worker Public Health Supervisor
Biographer Foundation Program Manager Public Opinion Surveyor
Bureau of Indian Affairs Researcher Fundraiser/Development Officer Public Service Worker
Career Services Counselor Fundraising Assistant Director Relations Specialist
Caseworker Gerontologist Research Assistant
Child Welfare Worker Government Worker Researcher
City Manager/City Planner Head Start Program Director Resident Assistant
Clinical Social Worker Health Policy Planner Retail Salesperson
Clinical Sociologist Health Service Administrator Rural Health Outreach Worker
Community Organizer Hospital Administrator Sales Representative
Community Relations Director Manager/Administrator Social Movements Organizer
Community Resource Coordinator Human Services Worker Social Scientist
Community Services Specialist Independent Living Trainer Social Welfare Examiner
Community Support Clinician Industrial Psychologist Social Worker
Compensation/Benefits Worker Infant Mental Health Specialist Sociologist
Congressional Aide Insurance Agent/Broker State/Federal Government Policy Analyst
Congressional Committee Staff Director International Agency Representative Survey Worker
Consultant Job Analyst/ Job Developer Teacher
Consumer Advocate Job Counselor Trainer
Consumer Survey Advisor Labor Relations Specialist Transplant Registry Database Manager
Convention Organizer Legal Advocate Travel Agent/Guide
Cooperation Extension Agent Legislative Aide Urban/Regional Planner
Correctional Case Worker Manager, State Agency Veterans Affairs Specialist
Corrections Officer Marriage & Family Therapist Vocational Services Worker
Cottage Parent Mediator Vocational Teacher
Counseling Coordinator Medical Social Worker Welfare Counselor
Counselor Mental Health Agent Women's Rights Advocate
Crime Victim Services Worker Missionary Writer/Author
Criminologist Motivational Speaker Youth Services Worker/Specialist
Delinquency Counselor Officer, Foreign Service

Personal Characteristics to be Successful

Assertive Discrete Responsible
Calm Independent Sensitive
Congenial Objective Speaker
Curious Organized Sympathetic
Critical Thinker Patient Tactful
Decisive Persistent Understanding

Workplace Skills

Able to understand and improve human relationships
Analyze, synthesis and interpret information
Apply non-intrusive methods
Collect data
Communicate across cultures/languages
Conduct field studies
Develop project designs
Examine electronic data sources
Gather and organize data
Identify value systems
Insight into group dynamics
Interact well w/diverse cultures/groups
Knowledge of community resources
Knowledge of social structures and change
Maintain records
Objective in gathering information
Plan long-term projects

Possess written and communication skills
Present research findings
Reach new conclusions through comparative study
Recruit/coordinate research subjects
Research and plan (sociological)
Resolve conflicts/counseling
Recognize cultural differences/similarities
Research theory
Resolve conflicts
Summarize results
Survey and sample
Understand components of complex problems
Understand diversity, identify cultural/social considerations
Use comparative study methodology to reach new conclusions
Use research methods
Use statistical techniques
Utilize computers in research
Utilize statistical applications
Write grant proposals
Work under pressure

Job Postings


American Anthropological Association: Job postings including qualifications, application procedure. Positions are mostly academic.

American Sociological Association

Midwest Sociological Society


Missouri Teacher Certification: Information on the requirements needed to receive certification to teach in the state of Missouri. Features advice on becoming a teacher, finding a job, substitute teaching, and more.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Opportunity to view many higher education positions. Prior week's issues can be viewed for free. Must be a member to view the current week's issue.

Non-Profit and Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Job database features more than 450 jobs, in addition to feature stories on the non-profit world.

Community Career Center: A site with national job postings that can be searched by region, type, title, agency, or keyword. Lists non-profit and community organizations in 153 countries. Allows you to sign up for non-profit career fairs.

The Non-Profit Career Network: Search U.S. and international jobs, register for Job Fairs, and review profiles of corporations. A job database of advocacy, administrative, lobbying, and others searchable by keyword or state.

Philanthropy News Network: Includes jobs in the categories of development, executive, or other.

Museums Searchable database of jobs with museums in the United States. Can also search for museum jobs in other parts of the world

Smithsonian Institute: Listing of job vacancies in the Smithsonian Institute updated daily.

Museum Resource Board: Databases for internships, nationwide jobs, and candidate resumes. Job postings are listed by category and geographic region. Site also includes yellow pages for museums.

State and Federal Government

Careers in Government: A clearinghouse of information, resources and job vacancies in public sector organizations in the US and abroad.

Missouri Office of Administration Division of Personnel: Government job postings for the State of Missouri.

Opportunities with the U.S. Federal Government: A listing of internet sites with job postings and job leads in the government and military.

State and Local Governments: A one-stop site for general and specific state recruiting web pages with job opportunities.

USAJobs: The official U.S. government site with federal job openings listed by state, agency, and job type.

Graduate Schools

University of Missouri-Columbia

University of Kansas

University of Chicago

University of Wisconsin