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Student of sociology? Various fulfilling career options for you

education Updated: Apr 21, 2015 20:28 IST
Aanchal Bedi
Aanchal Bedi
Hindustan Times
Sociology

If-you-are-fascinated-with-cultures-across-the-world-and-want-to-know-more-about-what-binds-communities-and-races-their--beliefs-and-customs-then-a-career-in-sociology-is-for-you-AFP-file-Photo

If you are fascinated with cultures across the world and want to know more about what binds communities and races, their beliefs and customs, then a career in sociology is for you. Sociologists try to understand what people say or do; what they think and how their worldviews are shaped by larger social structures.

“Sociology is a ­subject that provides a critical ­understanding of societies. To make a career in sociology, one needs to be interested in the world around, be curious about everyday life and understand how things are the way they are and how they could be different,” says Roma Chatterji, professor, sociology department, Delhi University.

Sociology is a broad social ­science that can open many avenues. It can launch an international career for you as well. Various social, economic and political changes in the country are expanding the avenues for sociologists. “Sociologists are often generalists and can fit into many job profiles — many of our students get jobs in research organisations, international NGOs for advocacy research and media,” says Chatterji.

One can take any subject ­combination at the plus-two level. The CBSE offers sociology at the plus-two level. After that, you can pursue a bachelor’s and a master’s in sociology. An MPhil/PhD degree is required for a career in academics and research.

After graduation in sociology, one can also go for professional programmes such as social work and become medical or ­industrial social workers. The industrial and corporate world offers opportunities in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and marketing divisions. A significant number of students join non-governmental organisations, including Greenpeace, Oxfam, UN bodies and the World Wide Fund for Nature.

Sociologists need good reading and writing skills, preferably in more than one language as well as analytical and interpretative abilities.

Since case studies and ethnography are central to the way sociologists present their arguments, students must good observation skills.

Socially active
Good reading and writing skills, preferably in more than one language as well as analytical abilities are a must

Money I take home
An assistant professor can earn Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 70,000 per month

I love my job becouse...
It equips one with a broad perspective and tools of inquiry to study society and its changes

Expert gyan
Sociology can open many fulfilling avenues. It can launch an international career for you. Various social, economic and political changes in the country are expanding the avenues for sociologists