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  1. Mixed Success: Four Years of Experiences of 2005 Sociology Graduates

    This research brief uses data from the second wave of the 2005 sociology major survey to examine the social capital students gained after graduating. The majority of respondents reported pursuing additional hard and especially soft skills post-graduation, and as a result of this new skill development, move from non-professional jobs into professional ones. 

  2. Decreasing the Leak from the Sociology Pipeline: Social and Cultural Capital to Enhance the Post-Baccalaureate Sociology Career

    Obtaining a job relevant to the discipline is a critical piece of the sociological pipeline. This brief examines how sociology departments can increase their majors' chances of obtaining jobs that match their sociological skills through on-the-job training and networking activities, scholarly socialization, and mentoring.

  3. Jobs, Careers & Sociological Skills: The Early Employment Experiences of 2012 Sociology Majors

    This research brief details the variety of jobs obtained by the 2012 cohort of sociology graduates, along with the types of sociological skills they have found useful and their job satisfaction. 

  4. First Generation Sociology Majors Overcome Deficits

    About half of entering freshman are the first in their families to go to college. Although first generation students have a greater likelihood of not completing college, this research brief uses data from a survey of the 2012 cohort of sociology majors to explore the experiences of those first generation students who have graduated.

  5. 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. 

  6. Still a Down Market: Findings from the 2009/2010 Job Bank Survey

    Using data from positions advertised in the ASA Job Bank, this research brief describes the types of jobs available to sociologists in 2009, and presents the outcomes of searches to fill those positions. Findings include a decrease in the number of advertised academic jobs in 2009, compared to the previous year.

  7. On the Upswing: Findings from the ASA 2011-2012 Job Bank Survey

    Based on positions advertised in the ASA Job Bank, this research brief describes the types of jobs available to sociologists in 2011, and presents the outcomes of searches to fill those positions. Findings include an increase in the number of advertised jobs, post-Great Recession.

  8. On the Road to Recovery: Findings from the ASA 2012–2013 Job Bank Survey

    Based on positions advertised in the ASA Job Bank, this research brief describes the types of jobs available to sociologists in 2012, and presents survey results of the outcomes of searches to fill those positions. Highlights include an increase in the number of advertised jobs, surpassing their pre-Great Recession high.

  9. Faculty Position Opportunities in Sociology Appear to Hold Steady: Position Postings from the 2013 ASA Job Bank

    This data brief summarizes the number and types of positions advertised in the ASA Job Bank in 2013, presents trends in available positions over multiple years, and identifies areas of sociological interest sought in 2013 Job Bank adds. Findings include a slight increase in advertisements over previous years.

  10. Down Market? Findings from the 2008 ASA Job Bank Survey

    Using data from positions advertised in the ASA Job Bank, this research brief describes the types of jobs available to sociologists in 2008, and presents the outcomes of searches to fill those positions. Findings include a decrease in the number of advertised jobs between 2006 and 2008.