Sociology graduates have an in-depth understanding of human interactions that are valuable in client-focused or team-based work places.
Sociology students analyse the relationships and changes of different groups of people. They theoretical frameworks and language to understand and describe human social activity across areas like class, gender and sexuality, health, morality, work, leisure and technology.
Roles and career pathways
Sociology graduates may work as policy analysts and researchers, community workers and coordinators, project coordinators, training and development advisers, business or service designers, consultants and administrators.
Sociology specialisations in social policy or gender studies can benefit students wanting to work in these fields. For careers In policy and research some study at post-graduate level can be valuable. Complementary study in commerce or other humanities or social science areas can help broaden your employment options.
Sociology graduates with undergraduate degrees or seeking a first role may work in administration, coordination, or junior adviser positions.
Where Sociology graduates work
Sociology graduates may work for Government or not-for-profit organisations including policy and health sectors where their analytical, research and writing skills are used.
They may also work in a range of areas from business services to human resources where their understanding of human and group interactions is beneficial.
Sociology graduates work in organisations such as:
- Ministry of Justice
- Ministry of Social Development
- Department of Corrections
- Victoria University of Wellington
- NZ Drug Foundation
Build relevant skills and experience
Part-time work and volunteering during study all help to increase your job prospects when you graduate. The FHSS Internship course run by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science helps develop leadership skills and practical work place experience. Programmes such as Victoria Plus and Victoria International Leadership Programme (VILP) offer opportunities to gain diverse volunteer and leadership experience. Sociology students interested in justice, education or health who volunteer in these areas can learn more about these industries and develop valuable connections.
Make career connections
The Sociological Association of Aotearoa NZ (SAANZ) offers students membership, an annual conference and an opportunity to network with sociologists. Networking associations such as the Wellington Chamber of Commerce , Wellington Young Professionals offer various events and opportunities for networking. The Alumni as Mentors schemes also helps enhance your connections and employability while studying.