Careers

An undergraduate degree in Sociology is valuable in its own right, and good preparation for advanced study in other disciplines. It teaches you crucial knowledge — about how people interact and how society functions — that impacts many different fields and industries.

The following list includes just some of the fields you might enter with a Sociology degree:

  • Advertising
  • Banking
  • Community Health Care
  • Gerontology Services
  • Education Services
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Human Services
  • Government Service
  • Insurance
  • Law Enforcement
  • Mediation
  • Public Relations
  • Religious Services
  • Social Justice
  • Social Work
  • Youth Services

With an undergraduate degree in Sociology, you are also positioned to pursue an advanced degree in disciplines like:

  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Business Administration
  • Clinical Counseling
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Urban Planning

A minor in Latin American studies offers you a wide range of career opportunities in the United States and abroad. The continuing political importance of Latin America to the United States and the growing Latino population in the U.S. have produced an increasing need for trained persons with a knowledge of the region to work in government, teaching, international banking, business and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), as well as in other fields such as medicine.

A Latin American Studies minor can expand opportunities in many occupations, including:

  • Admissions counselor
  • Anthropologist
  • Archivist
  • Attorney
  • Business manager
  • CIA/FBI agent
  • Civil service employee
  • College/university professor
  • Community affairs specialist
  • Conflict resolution specialist
  • Consultant
  • Coordinator of international students
  • Corporate trainer
  • Counselor
  • Cultural affairs officer
  • Cultural arts center coordinator
  • Customer relations representative
  • Customs/immigration officer
  • Drug enforcement agent
  • Economist
  • Editor/writer
  • Employee relations specialist
  • ESL teacher
  • Foreign language teacher
  • Foreign Service officer/specialist
  • Government agency administrator
  • Health and human resources director
  • Historian
  • Historic site administrator
  • Human resources specialist
  • Import/export specialist
  • International health care systems analyst
  • International airport visitors center director
  • International conference planner
  • International consultant
  • International education specialist
  • International marketing analyst
  • International relations specialist
  • International student office director/advisor
  • International trade specialist
  • Interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Lodging manager
  • Management consultant
  • Market research specialist
  • Missionary
  • Museum curator
  • National Security Agency linguist
  • Nonprofit administrator
  • Passport examiner
  • Peace Corps/VISTA worker
  • Physician assistant
  • Politician
  • Public administrator
  • Public information officer
  • Public policy specialist
  • Radio announcer
  • Social worker
  • Technical writer
  • Tour guide
  • Translator
  • Travel consultant
  • Verbatim reporter (United Nations)

Internships

Internships are critical in determining career directions, building career experiences, making professional contacts, and helping you learn experientially outside the classroom. The department maintains a database of more than 850 sites in the Biddeford, Saco, and Portland areas.

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