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  1. The Health of Sociology: Statistical Fact Sheets, 2007

    This factbook serves as a statistical compendium addressing subjects such as the impact of sociological journals, labor force participation for sociologists, and degrees in sociology, among other topics.

  2. Too Many or Too Few PhDs? Employment Opportunities in Academic Sociology

    Using data from positions advertised in the ASA Job Bank, this research brief describes the types of jobs available to sociologists in 2006, and describes the leading areas of specialization sought in advertised assistant professor positions.

  3. What Leads to Student Satisfaction with Sociology Programs?

    This research brief explores the factors that contribute to high levels of satisfaction with sociology programs among majors in 2012. Understanding what aspects of the major appeals to students can help sociology departments with recruitment and retention. 

  4. Recruiting Sociology Majors: What Are the Effects of the Great Recession? Concepts, Change, and Careers

    This research brief focuses on changes in recruitment and retention of sociology majors before and after the Great Recession. It concludes by offering some strategies for bringing new majors in the door and retaining them in the department.

  5. What are they Doing with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology? Data Brief on Current Jobs

    This brief uses data gathered from the second wave of the survey of 2005 sociology majors. It provides an overview of the post-graduate activities of graduates including the kinds of jobs they held, their satisfaction with these jobs, and the changes in their overall satisfaction with the sociology major. 

  6. Mixed Success: Four Years of Experiences of 2005 Sociology Graduates

    This research brief uses data from the second wave of the 2005 sociology major survey to examine the social capital students gained after graduating. The majority of respondents reported pursuing additional hard and especially soft skills post-graduation, and as a result of this new skill development, move from non-professional jobs into professional ones. 

  7. Decreasing the Leak from the Sociology Pipeline: Social and Cultural Capital to Enhance the Post-Baccalaureate Sociology Career

    Obtaining a job relevant to the discipline is a critical piece of the sociological pipeline. This brief examines how sociology departments can increase their majors' chances of obtaining jobs that match their sociological skills through on-the-job training and networking activities, scholarly socialization, and mentoring.

  8. Jobs, Careers & Sociological Skills: The Early Employment Experiences of 2012 Sociology Majors

    This research brief details the variety of jobs obtained by the 2012 cohort of sociology graduates, along with the types of sociological skills they have found useful and their job satisfaction. 

  9. First Generation Sociology Majors Overcome Deficits

    About half of entering freshman are the first in their families to go to college. Although first generation students have a greater likelihood of not completing college, this research brief uses data from a survey of the 2012 cohort of sociology majors to explore the experiences of those first generation students who have graduated.

  10. IDEALISTS VS. CAREERISTS: Graduate School Choices of Sociology Majors

    The focus of this research brief is on those 2005 sociology gradates who continued on to graduate school directly after graduation. This brief explores how the sociology major is useful for graduate study in both applied programs as well as the liberal arts and sciences.