What career-relevant skills do sociology majors develop?

Sociology graduates report that the most valuable skills they gained from their sociology courses were the following: using computer resources to locate information, learning statistical software, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data and interpreting the results, developing evidence-based arguments, evaluating different research methods, writing clear reports, working with diverse groups, and identifying ethical issues in research.

The sociology curriculum also teaches students a variety of interpersonal skills, such as working in small groups, using leadership skills, and working with people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Surveys of employers in the private and public sector repeatedly show that the skills learned through the sociology curriculum are those that employers list as most desirable among new recruits.