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Sociologists - 19-3041.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Research Associate
  • Research Coordinator
  • Research Scientist
  • Research Specialist
  • Social Scientist
  • Sociologist

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Analyze and interpret data to increase the understanding of human social behavior.
  • Collaborate with research workers in other disciplines.
  • Collect data about the attitudes, values, and behaviors of people in groups, using observation, interviews, and review of documents.
  • Consult with and advise individuals such as administrators, social workers, and legislators regarding social issues and policies, as well as the implications of research findings.
  • Develop approaches to the solution of groups' problems, based on research findings in sociology and related disciplines.
  • Develop problem intervention procedures, using techniques such as interviews, consultations, role playing, and participant observation of group interactions.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate methods of data collection, such as questionnaires or interviews.
  • Direct work of statistical clerks, statisticians, and others who compile and evaluate research data.
  • Observe group interactions and role affiliations to collect data, identify problems, evaluate progress, and determine the need for additional change.
  • Plan and conduct research to develop and test theories about societal issues such as crime, group relations, poverty, and aging.
  • Prepare publications and reports containing research findings.
  • Present research findings at professional meetings.
  • Teach sociology.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others on matters of public policy.
  • Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys.
  • Conduct research on social issues.
  • Coordinate cross-disciplinary research programs.
  • Design psychological or educational treatment procedures or programs.
  • Develop methods of social or economic research.
  • Instruct college students in social sciences or humanities disciplines.
  • Interpret research or operational data.
  • Plan social sciences research.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
  • Present research results to others.
  • Supervise scientific or technical personnel.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Clinical Sociologist
  • Research Worker, Social Welfare
  • Sociologist