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American Sociological Association: What is a 21st Century Career?*
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What is a 21st Century Career?*
21st century careers are marked by constant change, increasing diversity, and heightened educational requirements. The 21st century labor market is fast-changing, increasingly global, and technology-driven. Many of the jobs you will be applying for after graduating from college did not exist when your parents began their careers.
The skills you need to succeed in the 21st century include:
21st century careers are also marked by constant change, increasing diversity, and heightened educational requirements.
The good news for sociology majors is that your studies are uniquely suited to help you develop the skills you need for a successful 21st century career. Sociologists study social change, use scientific methods to find empirical answers to complex social questions.Studying sociology can help you foster your creativity, innovation, critical thinking, analytic problem solving and communications skills.
Sociology will challenge you to see the world through the lens of different cultures and communities and give you opportunities to collaborate with others in developing multi-cultural and global understandings. Sociological methods can help you build strong math and science skills. Preparing papers about social problems and the theories and evidence that can help us solve them, will foster the strong writing and presentation skills you need to succeed.
*This text is an excerpt from 21st Century Careers with an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology".