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Area of Study: Liberal Arts
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Liberal Arts
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Sociology

Sociology reveals that which is hidden

Sociology seeks to answer questions about why people think and act the way they do through the study of structural and cultural patterns and social dynamics. As a student of sociology, you will learn how to gather and interpret information, and to detect social forces that other people often take for granted. The Sociology Program at Austin Community College has a strong emphasis on social justice. Choosing sociology as your major helps you build foundational skills for navigating the social world and prepares you to transfer to a four-year college.

Career Information

In today’s global world, employers are looking for people with the kinds of skills sociology provides: the ability to think critically, find innovative solutions to complex problems, understand and operate in diverse environments, communicate effectively, conduct research and analyze data. While research jobs typically require post-graduate work in sociology, an undergraduate degree opens up a broad range of jobs in corporations, government agencies, universities, and nonprofit organizations of all types. An undergraduate degree in sociology also positions students for pursuing post-graduate work in fields other than sociology, such as law, business, social work, and public health.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Sociologists
22.94 Hourly Wage 33 Currently Employed
Study human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organizations. May study the behavior and interaction of groups, trace their origin and growth, and analyze the influence of group activities on individual members.
33 Sociologists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 9.09 % over the next four years.
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Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary
26.16 Hourly Wage 12803 Currently Employed
Teach courses in sociology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
12803 Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.21 % over the next four years.
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Social Science Research Assistants
21.89 Hourly Wage 194 Currently Employed
Assist social scientists in laboratory, survey, and other social science research. May help prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management.
194 Social Science Research Assistants are employed. This number is expected to increase by 11.34 % over the next four years.
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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

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Awards in this Program


Associate of Arts

Sociology
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Which award path is right for you?

ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your goals.

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