Sociology

Career Potential

Among 2017-2018 Hofstra graduates who majored in sociology, 83% of survey respondents reported that they were employed and/or attending or planning to attend graduate school within one year of graduation. Among graduates who majored in the social sciences and reported salary, the median annual self-reported salary was $43,000.

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

Most recently, graduates have reported working at Columbia University Medical Center, the Family Service Society, GEICO, the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Long Island, the Nassau County Department of Probation, the NYC Department of Education, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, Scribe America Inc., The Vanguard Group Inc., and U.S. Pretrial Services.

Some other examples of places our alumni are working or have worked include:

  • Adelphi University, Director of Undergraduate Social Work Programs
  • Coaches Across Continents
  • 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 led by former government officials (NY), Research Assistant
  • Tyco Integrated Security
  • Unite Here, Community/Political Organizer
  • White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing
  • Zagwear, Branding Account Manager

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for sociologists was $82,050. Jobs in sociology are expected to grow by 9% from 2018 to 2028, which is faster than average.

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

  • CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Hofstra University
  • New York University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • University of Miami
  • University of Southern California

Alumni outcomes data is based on the results of Hofstra’s annual Alumni Outcomes Survey and other reliable sources. Of the 1,508 undergraduate students who graduated between August 2017 and May 2018, data was collected via surveys and other reliable sources resulting in knowledge about the outcomes for 83% of the 2017-2018 undergraduate alumni. Salary data is self-reported voluntarily by students and is based upon a 45% response rate for full-time employed undergraduate survey respondents. Salary figures include only annual base salary. They do not include bonus, commission, or any other guaranteed compensation.

See alumni outcome reports in their entirety.