Alumni & Careers

A sociology degree prepares you for a variety of careers that serve people and the world they live in. Such roles include guidance counsellors, social workers, human services professionals, attorneys, and law enforcement professionals.

Alumni Spotlight
  • John Satterfield-Doerr ’14, Peace Corps, Kyrgystan
  • Sydney England ’14, Jesse Ball DuPont Fund Fellowship recipient
  • Anne Saville ’13: Ph.D. candidate at University of Florida, forest resources and conservation
  • Alex Versen, ’13, M.S.W, counselor, Mount Rogers Community Services Board
  • Yancey Wilmoth ’13, officer, Abingdon Police Department
  • Josh Settlemyre ’13, state trooper, North Carolina State Highway Patrol
  • Zach McKenney ’12: Ph.D. candidate at University of Tennessee
  • Kelli Smith ’12, M.A. in sociology, ETSU; Policy Analyst, Friends of Southwest Virginia
  • Natalie Rouse ’09, Import Operations, V. Alexander and Company
  • Julina Pyanoe ’09, NCC, academic counselor, East Tennessee State University
  • Jessica Edmonds ’08, M.S.W., Western Carolina University; therapist, RHA Behavioral Health Services

Sociology offers opportunities in many careers.

  • Human/Social Services
  • Criminal Justice/Victim Services
  • Behavioral Health/Children’s Services
  • Scientific Research/Marketing Research
  • Public Policy/ Government
  • Health Care/Health Administration
  • Community Planning
  • Business/Human Resources
  • Community Engagement/ Activism
  • Graduate School
  • …and many more

The American Sociological Association provides additional information about careers in Sociology