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Sociology: Career Potential

Among 2016-2017 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 sociology and who reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $35,000.

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.

Most recently, graduates have reported working at Planned Parenthood, Columbia University Medical Center, Coaches Across Continents, Leigh Adams Advertising, and Tyco Integrated Security.

Some other 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 2017-2018 Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for sociologists was $79,650.

Some examples of the distinguished institutions where our alumni are pursuing graduate studies:

  • New York University
  • Boston University
  • Fordham University
  • Duke University
  • Villanova University

Of the 1,453 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2016 and May 2017, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 61% of the 16-17 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and based upon a 32% response rate for undergraduate students. 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.