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What Sociologists Do

Sociologists study society and social behavior.

Work Environment

Sociologists typically work full time during regular business hours.

How to Become a Sociologist

Most sociology jobs require a master’s degree or Ph.D.


The median annual wage for sociologists was $101,770 in May 2023.

Job Outlook

Employment of sociologists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations.

Sociologists will continue to be needed to apply sociological research to other disciplines. For example, sociologists may collaborate with researchers in other social sciences, such as economists, psychologists, and survey researchers, to study how social structures or groups influence policy decisions about health, education, politics, criminal justice, business, or economics.

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More Information, Including Links to O*NET

Learn more about sociologists by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Sociologists, on the Internet at

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