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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.


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.

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.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Sociologists typically work a standard number of hours per week.


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


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.


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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