Planning Your Future

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The UIUC Sociology major is not a vocational program; thus it doesn't prepare you for a specific job. However, the major provides you with a variety of important skills which are vital in many careers, including writing, research, and analysis skills. Some areas in which sociology majors get jobs business and industry, the justice system, community and social services, government, education and research. See undergraduate advisors for a Career Packet to assist you in planning.

The Career Center

If you are looking for information about future employment options, The Career Center, 715 S. Wright St., is a good place to start. The Center offers career development programs and resources including career/employment counseling, SIGI Plus (a computer-based career guidance program), career planning groups, and job search services and programs such as on-campus interviewing and resume workshops. The Career Center also has materials such as employment opportunities listed in newspapers, internship listings, and government employment announcements to help you job-hunt.

Other Career Search Strategies

Get an Internship and/or Volunteer. With an internship you can not only get 3 hours of credit (Sociology 400), but you will also get valuable experience to help you decide what you would like to do. It is also a must for your resume.

Talk to People You Know. Become a career researcher by asking people you know (and/or people your parents or friends know) about their job. What do they like best? What do they like least? How do they spend their days? Most people are happy to talk too you about their career!

Browse the Undergrad Library Career Cluster. There are some great books in this cluster - however, you can't check them out. So plan a few hours some day to go browse. Consider ordering a book you like from the bookstore.

Take Ed Psych 250. This is a career exploration course. Get credit for finding your career!

Stop by the Advising Office. We have the latest handouts and Sociology career information.

Visit the Sociology Advising Page

Graduate and Professional Schools

Investigating and applying for graduate school is a time consuming process, so start early. Some of the major steps that need to be taken include:

  • Deciding on a course of study
  • Selecting prospective graduate schools and obtaining application packets
  • Taking appropriate exams
  • Getting letters of recommendation, writing a statement of purpose
  • Assembling all other materials for application.

There are many resources to help you do these things. The folllowing are some web sites that may help. Career Services also has a lot of information. Finally, stop by the advising office for more direction.

For information on Graduate Schools and relevant web links, see the Sociology Advising page.


The LAS College office (1st floor Computing Applications Building) has a Pre-Law Advising Service. You can also get a pre-law designation through the LAS College Office, you will be put on a mailing list for pre-law information.