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  1. Pathways to Job Satisfaction: What Happened to the Class of 2005?

    This is the second in a series of research briefs to focus on the job outcomes of the 2005 sociology cohort. This brief describes a pathway from the sociological research skills learned as an undergraduate to the types of jobs obtained one and a half years after graduation and the effect on job satisfaction. 

  2. Too Many or Too Few PhDs? Employment Opportunities in Academic Sociology

    Using data from positions advertised in the ASA Job Bank, this research brief describes the types of jobs available to sociologists in 2006, and describes the leading areas of specialization sought in advertised assistant professor positions.

  3. After the Fall: The Growth Rate of Sociology BAs Outstrips Other Disciplines Indicating an Improved Market for Sociologists

    This data brief documents trends in sociology bachelor's degrees granted from 1980-1995, comparing them to a limited number of other disciplines.

  4. Recent Sociology Alumni: Would They Major Again?

    Choosing a college major usually comes down to the future careers options that are available in that field. Sociology is not typically associated with a direct career path, however, this research brief demonstrates that many sociology graduates are satisfied with what the major provides them post-graduation.

  5. Social Capital for Sociology Majors: Applied Activities and Peer Networks

    Building social capital through activities outside the classroom can help students find jobs after graduation. This research brief examines how sociology departments create opportunities for their majors to build social capital through activities such as internships and career fairs, and the level of participation amongst students. 

  6. Sociology Majors: Before Graduation in 2012

    Due in part to the recent recession, the 2012 cohort of senior sociology majors faced a tighter job market and increasing levels of debt. The findings presented in this brief compare the backgrounds, experiences, concepts and skills mastered, levels of satisfaction, and future plans and sources of job information of students at three types of institutions.

  7. New Doctorates in Sociology: Professions Inside and Outside the Academy

    Research brief examining career aspirations and transitions from graduate school into academic and nonacademic positions for a cohort of PhD sociologists. Findings include a relatively favorable job market and low unemployment for a cohort of sociology PhDs who received their degrees between July 1, 1996 and August 31, 1997.

  8. Postdoctorates: Another Stage in the Sociology Pipeline?

    Using three datasets, this short research brief provides preliminary information about the experiences of a small group of postdoctorates and the scope and type of postdocs available to sociologists.

  9. Trends in Academic Hiring Through 2015

    This research report describes the number and types of academic sociology positions advertised in the ASA Job Bank and other sources during 2015, as well as the results of a follow-up survey on the outcomes of searches to fill those positions.

  10. Positions Advertised in the ASA Job Bank in 2016 and 2017

    This report analyzes the position advertisements in the ASA Job Bank in 2016 and 2017. For the first time, data on both academic and non-academic jobs are presented.