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Careers in Sociology: Emily Larson

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Emily Larson

Emily Larson

August 21, 2016

When Congress Asks Questions, We Help Provide Answers

BA in Sociology, MA in Public Policy
Senior Analyst, Government Accountability Office

In my position as a Senior Analyst at the Government Accountability Office, I assist in investigations regarding federal government spending. When congress asks questions, I am responsible for leading projects that will provide the answers, including research design, data collection, and data analysis. I gain a great sense of satisfaction when I see our reports quoted in the media, or by a member of congress.

Armed with a sociological imagination, I am able to address public policy issues through many lenses and viewpoints. From there, I am able to tell a story and make recommendations for improvements that are non-partisan, independent, and fully supported by facts.

Medical sociology was my favorite course in college. It challenged me to view the medical system from a variety of perspectives, including allopathic western doctors, alternative medical providers, low-income patients, and immigrant and non-English speaking patients. This class opened the door for me, and long after helped me view other social issues from a variety of viewpoints, which ultimately led me to a path of success in my current position.


This career profile was extracted from the booklet 21st Century Careers with an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology, 2nd Edition. The booklet is available for purchase in the ASA Bookstore.

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