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  1. 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.

  2. The Best Time to Have a Baby: Institutional Resources and Family Strategies Among Early Career Sociologists

    Using data from ASA's 1998 Survey of Recent PhD Graduates in Sociology, this research brief examines the availability and use of resources and strategies during graduate school and their impact on the early career success of a cohort of PhD sociologists, asking the question "When is the best time to have a baby for women sociologists?"

  3. Gender in the Early Stages of the Sociological Career

    This research brief uses data from ASA's 1998 Survey of Recent PhD Graduates in Sociology to examine how the increase in women sociology doctorate holders over men has influenced early career outcomes among women and men who recently received their degrees.

  4. Mothers in Pursuit of Ideal Academic Careers

    Using data from ASA's PhD+10 survey, this research brief studies whether gender and parental status affected likelihood of obtaining an "ideal" versus "alternative career" during the first 10 years post-PhD.

  5. New Doctorates in Sociology: Professions Inside and Outside the Academy

    Research brief examining career aspirations and transitions from graduate school into academic and nonacademic positions for a cohort of PhD sociologists. Findings include a relatively favorable job market and low unemployment for a cohort of sociology PhDs who received their degrees between July 1, 1996 and August 31, 1997.

  6. Postdoctorates: Another Stage in the Sociology Pipeline?

    Using three datasets, this short research brief provides preliminary information about the experiences of a small group of postdoctorates and the scope and type of postdocs available to sociologists.

  7. What Can I Do with a Master's in Sociology? The Department as Context

    Sociology departments provided data about the characteristics of their master's programs in a 2009 survey conducted by the ASA research department. Results from that survey, including a comparison of 'traditional' versus 'applied' program characteristics, are presented in this brief.

  8. Paying Attention to the Master’s Degree in Sociology

    An ASA taskforce was appointed to find out ways that sociology departments can strengthen their master's programs as the number of degrees awarded declined by about 13 percent by 2006. This research brief looks at characteristics of master's students, including their reasons for pursuing this degree, what they learned and how satisfied they were with their programs, and how they paid for their education.

  9. The Sociology Pipeline for Today’s Graduate Students

    This presentation draws upon ASA Research Department data sources, such as surveys and unobtrusively-gathered information, to outline career trajectories for sociology graduate students.

  10. From Programs to Careers: Continuing to Pay Attention to the Master’s Degree in Sociology

    This data brief presents survey results from the ASA-appointed task force on the Master's degree in sociology. In addition to the student survey, graduate directors of 224 sociology programs were surveyed in AY 2006/07 about the characteristics of their master's programs. Discussed in this brief are the different characteristics of 'applied' and 'traditional' master's programs as well as the types of work recent master's graduates were engaged in.