Careers in sociology

Micheala Smith at work
Micheala Smith's BA honours thesis (2014) ‘Diversity and Discretion: A Mixed Methods Exploration of Sex Workers’ Experiences with Police Officers’ in Victoria led her to working with UVic's Centre for Addictions Research as their research coordinator.

What can I do with a degree in sociology?

Sociology encourages critical reflective thinking and provides students with the necessary methodological and analytical skills to become informed citizens and competitive candidates for a range of employment opportunities.

In an increasingly diverse labour market, the ability of sociology graduates to understand social differences in human relationships can lead them to meaningful careers in public policy, community and social services and law enforcement.

Sociology provided me with fundamental critical thinking skills and the necessary analytical and contextual knowledge to work in an increasingly diverse and dynamic society.
—Katie Shaw, BA Sociology (2005)

Some career options for sociology majors

  • Addictions counsellor
  • Case worker
  • Childcare/youth worker
  • Community services organizer
  • Disability services worker
  • Fundraiser
  • Healthcare administrator*
  • Human resources manager
  • Market research analyst
  • Media analyst
  • Probation officer
  • Public relations officer
  • Social policy research*
  • Tourism manager
  • Victims advocate

*Additional education and training may be required

More information from UVic Co-op + Careers (pdf)

Meet our alumni

Katie Shaw

Manager of Education Policy
Camosun College

Katie has over 15 years' experience in the not-for-profit and community development sectors, managing and developing a variety of development and capacity-building initiatives with a focus on youth and citizen engagement. Among others, she has worked with the International Institute for Child Rights and Development, School District #74 Aboriginal School Success Project, antidote: Multiracial and Indigenous Girls and Women’s Network, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and BC Healthy Communities. Read more

Sociology - BA (2005)

Akile Ch'oh

Grand Chief Edward John

Grand Chief Edward John (Akile Ch'oh) has dedicated himself to improving the lives of Indigenous people. As Tribal Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, he negotiated and signed the first child services agreement between the Carrier and Sakani First Nations and the BC government. He was appointed Grand Chief of the Tl'azt'en Nation in 1992. He is a special advisor to the BC government on Indigenous child welfare and a North American representative on the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. In 2012 he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from UVic. Read more

Sociology - BA Hons. (1974)

Rachel Lewis

Chief Operating Officer
Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Rachel joined the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2003 as director of event management and stadium development. In 2007, she assumed the role of chief operating officer. Prior to joining Whitecaps FC, she spent three years with Vancouver's PGA Tour Stop, the Air Canada Championship, and represented BMO Financial Group as project manager for their sponsorship of the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women's Open. Read more

Sociology - BA Hons. (1996)

Justin Walford

General Manager, Canada
Icebreaker Merino Clothing Inc.

Justin spent four years at Genuine Guide Grear (G3), working from the bottom rung on the Customer Service ladder up to being their Operations Manager. He began working at Icebreaker Merino Clothing in 2010, also in operations management, and accepted the role of Canadian General Manager in 2012. Read more

Sociology - BA (2004)

Jim Hernandez

President
Strategic Business Communications Inc.

As an international sales management and marketing consultant, Jim has worked with over 30 different businesses, in 35 countries, on four continents, as a motivational speaker, consultant, and trainer. Jim has an extensive background in sales and marketing with everything from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses. He is also heavily involved in his community. Read more

Sociology - BA (1985)