Career Opportunities

Department of Sociology and Criminology

Career Opportunities How can a degree in sociology or criminology help me achieve my career goals?

At Barry, sociology and criminology graduates are often employed in the helping professions, business, the criminal justice system (local, state, and federal level), and in a variety of public and private sector jobs, especially those which involve the delivery, development, and administration of human or social services. Criminology students are more likely to choose employment in the justice system, but sociology majors may also select these types of positions.

Employment opportunities include entry-level positions in occupations related to administration, advertising, banking, counseling (family services and youth services), community planning, health services, group and recreation work, marketing and market research, education, human resources/personnel work, social services, and government services.

As a compliment to the required coursework, departmental volunteer and internship opportunities help students obtain the needed knowledge, skills, and connections to obtain work in their chosen fields.

Listed below are the more common job titles of those who enter the work force with a bachelor's degree in sociology or criminology:


  • Affirmative Action Liaison
  • Employee Specialist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Human Rights Officer
  • Personnel Coordinator
  • Urban Planner
  • Public Information Manager
  • Legislative Assistant

Community Relations

  • Fundraising Assistant
  • Community Aide
  • Career Counselor
  • Public Assistance Worker
  • Resident Planning Aide
  • Labor Union Organizer
  • Environmental Organizer
  • Resident Planning Aide

Social Services

  • Child Care Worker
  • Youth Outreach Counselor
  • Family Planning Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Case Manager
  • Child Development Assistant
  • Recreational Leader
  • Group Home Worker

Business & Industry

  • Consumer Relations
  • Planning Assistant
  • Market Analyst
  • Issues Manager
  • Public Relations Staffer
  • Labor Relations Staffer
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Human Resources Manager

Justice System

  • Corrections Officer
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Juvenile Court Worker
  • Parole Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Police Department Staffer
  • Special Agent
  • Correctional Counselor
  • State Trooper
  • Rehabilitation Worker


  • Social Research Assistant
  • Survey Research Technician
  • Interviewer
  • Census Research Worker
  • Consumer Researcher
  • Demographic Analyst
  • Public Opinion Researcher

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