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Sociology: Career Potential

Among 2015-2016 Hofstra graduates who majored in sociology, 100% of the respondents reported that within one year of graduation they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school. Among those Hofstra graduates who majored in the social sciences and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $47,000.

A degree in sociology from Hofstra University provides students the opportunity to pursue a wide variety of jobs in such sectors as business and marketing, the health professions, the criminal justice and legal systems, social services and the private, non-profit sector, and politics and government.

A few examples of where our alumni are working include:

  • Adelphi University, Director of Undergraduate Social Work Programs
  • DeVries Public Relations
  • ECD, Chief Creative Officer
  • Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Human Resources Employee Services
  • Extera Communications (TX), Executive Research Assistant
  • Great Neck Public Schools, Principal
  • Harmonia Media, CEO
  • Judy Henderson Casting (Fox21), Casting Assistant
  • Luxottica Group, Human Resources Manager
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Research Assistant
  • Neighborhood House, of Auburn, NY, Executive Director
  • New York University, Clinical Aide
  • Omnicom Media Group, Digital/Creative Specialist
  • Prime Publishers, Associate Editor
  • Publishers Clearing House, Copywriter
  • Rubenstein Associates, Senior Account Executive
  • Stony Brook University, Assistant Director of Government Relations
  • Suffolk County Legislature, Legislative Aide
  • Taskforce on State Budget Crisis, a privately funded initiative lead by former government officials (NY), Research Assistant
  • Unite Here, Community/Political Organizer
  • White House Task Force, on 21st Century Policing
  • Zagwear, Branding Account Manager

According to the 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for sociologists was $79,750.

Some examples of the distinguished institutions our alumni pursued graduate studies:

  • New York University
  • Rutgers University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • University of Connecticut
  • Villanova University
  • Boston University
  • CUNY Brooklyn College
  • CUNY City College
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • CUNY John Jay College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Fordham University
  • Hofstra University
  • Pace University
  • SUNY Stony Brook University
  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, DC Campus

Outcomes are based on the 65% of 2015-2016 HCLAS undergraduate degree recipients who responded to a survey or for whom data was gathered from LinkedIn within one year of graduation, not the total number of graduates, and may not be representative of the total graduating population. The career outcomes rate includes those employed (full-time or part-time) and not employed but attending graduate school (full-time or part-time) next semester.

All data must meet a test of data integrity. The average salary reported is determined by the level at which data may be deemed reliable (University-wide, school, division or department).

Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by graduates and are based upon a 36% response rate for graduates. Salary figures vary from year-to-year based upon a number of factors, including, but not limited to, market conditions as well as the number of graduates reporting salary information to us. In addition, please note that these figures are based solely on information that is self-reported to us by our graduates, and the salary data provided is based on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by our graduates to us. Salary figures only include annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety.