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Careers in Sociology: Sushama Tilakaratne

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Sushama Tilakaratne

Sushama Tilakaratne

August 21, 2016

An Undergraduate Degree in Sociology is a Good Stepping Stone to the Future

BA and MA in Sociology
Research Associate

As a research associate, I support a wide range of projects by doing project management, survey development, data collection (using telephone and web-based systems), database management, and report preparation.

My research methods and quantitative analysis classes were especially useful as I learned how to conceptualize and approach problems. In these classes I learned to collect data, clean data, and conduct data analysis using descriptive statistics and document analysis, as well as writing up findings. I have also taken several multi-disciplinary courses in survey methodology, multivariate analysis, social epidemiology, and medical sociology.

An undergraduate degree in sociology is a good stepping stone to many future avenues, especially with a solid foundation in statistical analysis, and qualitative and quantitative research methods. There are many entry-level research assistant positions for graduates looking to gain experience in the research industry before pursuing a graduate degree in law, public health, health administration, public policy, or sociology.


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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