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. It provides students with the skills to become informed citizens. The ability to understand social differences can lead you to a meaningful career.

Our graduates work in public policy, community and social services and law enforcement.

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)

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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

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)

Renay Maurice

Information Architect
Province of British Columbia

After completing her undergraduate degree at UVic, Renay gained employment with the B.C. Government as an Information Architect. She is part of a business transformation team working to deliver user-friendly online services to citizens - a task that involves design thinking and human-centered research. Renay is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Sociology at UVic. Read more

Sociology & Women's Studies - BA (2015)

Chris Hildreth

TOPSOIL - Innovative Urban Agriculture INC.

Chris Hildreth is the founder of TOPSOIL, an award winning urban agriculture business which utilizes unused space by implementing productive gardens. Chris graduated from UVic in 2015 with a minor in business and a double major in environmental studies and sociology. In 2013 Chris began visualizing a business that would increase local production by supplying sustainable fresh local produce to local restaurants. Read More