Careers and Outcomes

Our goal is to help you find a focus for your passion.

To help you find the job that is right for you, we developed an active list of organizations that typically hire sociology and anthropology students and graduates. These lists are not exhaustive, and will be added to over time. Note that there may not be openings within an organization at any given time, but it should not stop you from visiting the website again to see what else may be available. There may be other exciting opportunities waiting for you to consider.

Advocacy and Social Change

Do you want to change the world?
You are not alone! Many of us go into the sociology and anthropology fields to become a force for social change. The short list below provides examples of ways to become involved in careers that promote social change. As you look through this list, there are some things you will want to consider when planning for your career:
  • Be prepared to do research in your field of interest, and a LOT of it. If your passion is racial inequality, you will need to structure your class schedules to include as many courses in race and ethnicity as you are allowed.
  • To get your foot in the door, an internship is a MUST.
  • You must be willing to go where the job is: generally a larger city. Since much of social change is done through federal legislation, Washington, D.C. is a likely destination.

Jessica Garcia
7th Grade Reading Teacher
Democracy Prep Endurance Middle School, Teach for America

 

Organization Types of Positions* Location

Amnesty International

Associate Field Organizer (BA/BS & exp)

San Francisco, CA

Coalition for the Homeless

Child Advocate, Crisis Intervention Program (BA/BS)

New York, NY

Do Something

Campaigns Associate, Poverty & Homelessness (exp)

New York, NY

Greenpeace

Frontline Street Representative (no degree required, exp)

Multiple Locations

Help At Home, Inc 

 Direct Support Professionals Springfield, MO

NAACP

Correspondence Coordinator (AA & exp)

Baltimore, MD

Sierra Club

Associate Organizing Representative (BA/BS & exp)

Seattle, WA

The Innocence Project

State Policy Advocate (BA/BS)

New York, NY

YWCA

Family Advocate (BA/BS)

or

Family Outreach Worker (BA/BS)

St. Louis, Mo

*DO verify that the position is still available, and if it isn’t, DON’T stop there! Continue to check the organization and our website for new opportunities.

Healthcare

There are many career opportunities in the healthcare field that are suitable for Sociology and Anthropology graduates.
The positions listed below will require your knowledge and skills of cultural competency and analytical thinking.
Health advocates and healthcare management are popular options for a Sociology major. Each position will be unique to it's organization, so we encourage you to explore the organization to decide which mission you would enjoy being a part of. 

 

Frank Burkybile
International  Public Health Analyst
HIV/AIDS Bureau, Division of Global Programs, Health Resources and Services Administration

 

 

Organization Types of Positions* Location

Arkansas Department of Human Services

Family Service Worker (BA/BS) and other positions

Multiple Counties

Arc of the Ozarks

Behavioral Support Tech (HS Diploma)

or

Human Resources Recruiter (BA/BS & exp)

or

Program Manager Community Connections

(BA/BS & exp)

Multiple Locations in MO

Burrell Behavioral Health

Community Support Specialist (BA/BS)

Multiple Locations in MO

FosterAdopt Connect

Behavioral Interventionist (BA/BS & 2 years experience)

Springfield, MO and other regional locations

Jordan Valley Community Health Center

Patient Advocate/Scheduler (BA/BS)

Springfield, MO

Preferred Family Healthcare

Domestic Violence Advocate (BA/BS)

or

Community Support Specialist (BA/BS)

St. Charles, MO

Heartland Center for Behavioral Change

Case Manager (BA/BS & exp)

Multiple Locations in MO

Veteran's Affairs

Multiple Positions

Multiple Locations

*DO verify that the position is still available, and if it isn’t, DON’T stop there! Continue to check the organization and our website for new opportunities.

Human Services and Non-Profit Management

Non-profit organizations offer a wide range of jobs in sociology and anthropology. Working in this field will involve working with culturally diverse individuals to help them achieve their goals.
Please keep the following in mind:
  • Jobs in the areas listed above may not require a degree or license in social work; however, the functions of the positions, in many cases, are the same.
  • DO look into the Go Lead! series, which provides professional training to people in this employment sector. You may qualify for a scholarship to cover some, or all, of the costs associated with the training, from the sociology and anthropology department!
Volunteering, or interning with an agency that addresses a community need while still in school is one of the best ways to determine whether or not you would like a career in the non-profit sector. For more information about organizations that offer volunteer or internship opportunities in Springfield and its surrounding communities, visit the Internship Opportunities page.
You may want to consider going on to graduate school for Counseling, Social Work, or Public Health.

Amanda Stadler
Coordinator, Continuum of Care
Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness, Community Partnership of the Ozarks
Organization Types of Positions* Location

Anne E. Casey Foundation

Program Associate, Child Welfare Strategy Group (BA/BS & exp)

Baltimore, MD

Arkansas Department of Human Services

Family Service Worker (BA/BS) and other positions

Multiple Counties

Arc of the Ozarks

Program Manager Community Connections (BA/BS & exp)

Multiple Locations in MO

Boys & Girls Club of Springfield, Missouri

Resource Development Associate (BA/BS & exp)

Springfield, MO

Burrell Behavioral Health

Community Support Specialist (BA/BS)

Multiple Locations in MO

CC Links 

Service Coordinator (BA/BS & 1 yr experience)

Christian County, MO

Community Partnership

Community Mentoring Program Coordinator (BA/BS & exp)

Springfield, MO

Convoy of Hope

Development Administrative Assistant (BA/BS & exp)

Springfield, MO

Do Something.org

Head of Campaigns (exp)

New York, NY

Harbor House (Men's shelter)

Case Manager (BA/BS & 1 yr exp)

Springfield, MO

Jordan Valley Community Health Center

 Patient Advocate/Scheduler (BA/BS) Springfield, MO 

Juvenile Justice Center

Juvenile Probation Officer Springfield, MO

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Director - Corporate Affairs (BA/BS & exp)

Baltimore, MD

St. Louis Arc

Community Connections Coordinator (BA/BS)

St. Louis, MO

The Kitchen

Community Case Manager (BA/BS & exp)

Springfield, MO

*DO verify that the position is still available, and if it isn’t, DON’T stop there! Continue to check the organization and our website for new opportunities.

Social Research

Your training in sociology and anthropology makes you uniquely qualified to conduct research on human populations! These jobs typically involve developing and/or conducting evaluations of programs, surveys and polls, and analyzing trends in data collections.
Strong verbal and writing skills are a MUST to effectively communicate your research findings in reports, tables and graphs. There are many research jobs out there, and many will require relocation to larger cities like New York, Chicago, or Washington, D.C.
To be competitive for these jobs:
  • DO take and do well in methods courses,
  • DO take and do well in statistics.
  • DO participate in research projects with your professors.
  • DO apply for an internship with, and work for a research organization.
 

Kristin Arnette
Planner II, Economic Analyst

 

Missouri Economic Research Council and Information Center, Department of Economic Development Services

 

Organization Types of Positions* Location

Abt SRBI

Analyst/Project Manager (BA/BS)

Multiple Locations

Academy Health

Research Assistant I & II (BA/BS & exp)

Washington DC

American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Research Assistant/Associate (BA/BS)

Multiple Locations

Arbitron (formerly Nielsen)

Research Analyst (BA/BS)

Multiple Locations

Census Bureau

Statistician (BA/BS & course requirements)

Suitland, MD

Civis Analytics

Data Scientist - Social Sciences (MA/MS)

Chicago, IL

Do Something.org

Data Analyst (exp)

New York, NY

Kaiser Family Foundation

Survey Research Assistant/Survey Analyst (BA/BS)

Menlo Park, CA

National Opinion Research Center (NORC)

Research Assistant (BA/BS)

Chicago, IL

Opinion Dynamics

Project Analyst (BS/BA)

Waltham, MA & Oakland, CA

Pew Research Center

Research Assistant (BS/BA)

Washington DC

Research, Evaluation & Social Solutions, Inc. (REESSI)

Research Assistant (BS/BA)

Kilmarnock, VA

The MassINC Polling Group

Research Associate (BA/BS)

Boston, MA

*DO verify that the position is still available, and if it isn’t, DON’T stop there! Continue to check the organization and our website for new opportunities.

Archaeology

                                                                                                               
   
 Archaeology is one of four fields in anthropology. Jobs in archaeology require unique skills, so: 
  • DO take as many courses in archaeology as you are allowed!
  • DO look for volunteer or other work opportunities with the Center for Archaeological Studies
  • DO attend the Missouri Archaeological Society meetings when you can 
  • DO check out, and enroll in ANT 351, Field Archaeology at least once. Field School is a MUST HAVE experience before leaving college.
There are many places to find work in archaeology, on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. For an updated list of positions around the country, check out the Archaeology Fieldwork website. 

Abraham Ledezma, Craig Picka, Daniel Salas
Principal Investigators and Co-Owners

In Situ

 

Organization Types of Positions* Location

Atkins North America

Field Technician (BA/BS)

Austin, TX

Cultural Surveys Hawai'i

Archaeologists/ Cultural Researcher (BA/BS)

Hawai'i

Metcalf Archaeological Consultants

Staff Archaeologist (BA/BS)

Colorado, N. Dakota, Montana

MO Department of Natural Resources

Cultural Resource Preservationist I & II (BA/BS)

Jefferson City, MO

MO Department of Transportation

Archaeologist (BA/BS)

Jefferson City, MO

Smithsonian Institution

Museum Curator (Aeronautics) (BA/BS)

Washington DC

Tetra Tech

Archaeological Field Director (BA/BS)

Buffalo, NY

US Army Corp of Engineers

Archaeologist (BA/BS)

Vicksburg, MS; Baltimore, MD; Little Rock, AR

US Department of Fish & Wildlife Service

Archaeologist (BA/BS)

Bismark, ND

US Department Of The Interior, Bureau of Land Management

Archaeologist (BA/BS)

 

Vernal, UT; Battle Mountain, NV

US Department Of The Interior, National Park Service

Archeologist (BA/BS)

Kula, HI; Washington DC; Holbrook, AZ

USDA Forest Service

Archaeologist (BA/BS)

Ketchikan, AK; McCall, ID; Ketchikan, AK; Idaho Falls, ID; Mount Shasta, CA

Weller & Associates Archaeological Firm

Field Supervisor (BA/BS)

Columbus, OH

*DO verify that the position is still available, and if it isn’t, DON’T stop there! Continue to check the organization and our website for new opportunities.

Law and Society

Your education in Sociology could help you be apart of the front lines in assisting with social reform by pursuing a career in law. Many of the job positions available to you allow you to be in direct contact and control of many public issues. From being a Police Officer in your local community to being involved in international immigration relations, you have the chance to influence and the potential to change the world one interaction at a time.
  • Many Police Department careers will offer special duty assignments (K9 unit, special investigations, probation officer) after your first few years of duty. Navigate the department's website for further information and requirements.
  • Networking is vital when applying for a career in larger agencies such as the DEA and DHS. Be sure to communicate with your advisor regarding internships and careers.
  • Most careers in law and policy DO NOT REQUIRE a degree in Criminal Justice. A degree in Sociology will offer you a unique perspective in any given job listed.

DeVon A. Douglass, J.D. 
Chief Resilience Officer
City of Tulsa, Office of the Mayor
Organization Types of Positions* Location

Springfield Police Department

Police Officer (AA/AS)

Springfield, MO

St. Louis Police Department

Police Officer (no degree required)

St. Louis, MO

Kansas City Police Department

Police Officer (no degree required)

or

Detention Officer (no degree required)

Kansas City, MO

Drug Enforcement Agency

Investigative Assistant (no degree required, exp) Multiple Locations

Department of Justice

Correctional Officer (BA/BS, exp)

Multiple Locations

Department of Homeland Security

Immigration Analyst (BA/BS, exp)

or

Compliance Inspection and Support (BA/BS)

Los Angeles, CA

 

Arlington, VA

The Innocence Project

State Policy Advocate (BA/BS)

New York, NY

Juvenile Justice Center

Multiple Positions

Springfield, MO

*DO verify that the position is still available, and if it isn’t, DON’T stop there! Continue to check the organization and our website for new opportunities.