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  1. Pathways to Job Satisfaction: What Happened to the Class of 2005?

    This is the second in a series of research briefs to focus on the job outcomes of the 2005 sociology cohort. This brief describes a pathway from the sociological research skills learned as an undergraduate to the types of jobs obtained one and a half years after graduation and the effect on job satisfaction. 

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. After the Fall: The Growth Rate of Sociology BAs Outstrips Other Disciplines Indicating an Improved Market for Sociologists

    This data brief documents trends in sociology bachelor's degrees granted from 1980-1995, comparing them to a limited number of other disciplines.

  5. Recent Sociology Alumni: Would They Major Again?

    Choosing a college major usually comes down to the future careers options that are available in that field. Sociology is not typically associated with a direct career path, however, this research brief demonstrates that many sociology graduates are satisfied with what the major provides them post-graduation.

  6. Social Capital for Sociology Majors: Applied Activities and Peer Networks

    Building social capital through activities outside the classroom can help students find jobs after graduation. This research brief examines how sociology departments create opportunities for their majors to build social capital through activities such as internships and career fairs, and the level of participation amongst students. 

  7. Sociology Majors: Before Graduation in 2012

    Due in part to the recent recession, the 2012 cohort of senior sociology majors faced a tighter job market and increasing levels of debt. The findings presented in this brief compare the backgrounds, experiences, concepts and skills mastered, levels of satisfaction, and future plans and sources of job information of students at three types of institutions.

  8. 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. 

  9. 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.

  10. 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.