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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 $82,050 in May 2018.

Job Outlook

Employment of sociologists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Sociologists can expect strong competition because sociology is a popular field of study with a relatively small number of positions.

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More Information, Including Links to O*NET

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

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