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Sociologist

Sociologists examine social behaviours, cultures and how people work and interact together.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Sociologist do?

Sociologists examine social behaviours, cultures and how people work and interact together.

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Work activities

As a sociologist, you would:

  • design research projects to test theories about social issues
  • conduct research using focus groups, interviews, statistics and educational data
  • analyse resulting research and data and form conclusions
  • write reports and articles, and give presentations
  • teach sociology
  • collaborate with other social scientists and sociologists
  • advise industry, governments or consumer groups on social issues.
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Key skills and interests

To become a sociologist, you would need:

  • a knowledge of, and interest in, social issues
  • good communication skills
  • an approachable manner
  • an aptitude for research and scientific methods
  • an analytical mind.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Sociologists typically work a standard number of hours per week.

Conditions

Sociologists usually work for contract research organisations, in the education sector, or for consulting firms or the government.

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How to become an Sociologist?

Entry Level Education

To become a sociologist, you usually have to complete a degree in arts, humanities or social science at university, with a major in sociology. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent with English.

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Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of sociologists is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.

However, because this is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only a small number of actual roles, so candidates should expect very strong competition for these jobs.

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