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What Can I Do with an Associate's Degree in Sociology?

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You are pursing an associates degree in Sociology, but are concerned about the job prospects available once you have graduated. Whether you decide to eventually pursue a bachelors degree or higher, or find contentment with a two-year degree, fear not. Employment opportunities for an associate's degree in sociology exists, and the jobs are varied. If you enjoy working with people and want to make a difference in your community, this could be a rewarding option for you.

Human Services and Social Services Jobs

There are various opportunities for individuals with an associates degree in sociology to obtain employment in the human services/social services sector. Youth programs, senior services, employment training programs, homeless organizations, child welfare services and countless others are in need of employees specifically trained in understanding human behavior and how it is impacted by society. Possible job opportunities within such agencies can include program managers and coordinators, employment specialists, youth counselors, senior services assistants, residential counselors and many others.

Department of Corrections

Find employment in your city or county's department of corrections. Correctional officers, caseworkers, program managers and office support staff work in municipal, county, state and federal jails and detention centers and juvenile reformatory facilities. Along with overseeing inmates and keeping order, these positions would include managing and coordinating various addiction and recovery, employment, education and behavioral and victim's advocate programs. Office support staff would assist in managing the administrative functions of the facility, such as keeping inmate records, handling calls and mail and human resources functions.


Work as a paraprofessional. Generally associated with work in the field of education as teacher aides, assistants or paraeducators, other paraprofessional career positions include legal aides and paralegals, certified nurse aides and paramedics. Paraprofessionals are supervised by licensed professionals in their field, such as teachers, attorneys nurses or doctors. Individuals who become paraprofessionals have to go through a certification process and testing. Your college can provide additional information on the various paraprofessional careers available and the certifications involved.


Cheryl Gorski Ronzoni is a former nonprofit executive who has been writing for more than 15 years. She has been creating online content for nearly five years. Along with business and grant writing, she has experience writing event scripts and feature articles for local newspapers and magazines.

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