Sociologists study society and social behavior by examining the groups, cultures, organizations, social institutions, and processes that people develop. Sociologists study human behavior, interaction, and organization within the context of larger social, political, and economic forces. They observe the activity of social, religious, political, and economic groups, organizations, and institutions. They examine the effect of social influences, including organizations and institutions, on different individuals and groups. They also trace the origin and growth of these groups and interactions.
Typical duties of a Sociologist include designing research projects to test theories about social issues; collecting data through surveys, observations, interviews, and other sources; analyzing and drawing conclusions from data; preparing reports, articles, or presentations detailing their research findings; collaborating with other sociologists or social scientists; and consulting with and advising clients, policymakers, or other groups on research findings and sociological issues.
Sociologists may specialize in a wide variety of social topics, including health, crime, education, racial and ethnic relations, families, population, gender, poverty, or aging.
Most sociologists work in research organizations, colleges and universities, state and local government, and consulting service firms. Related occupations include anthropologist, archaeologist, economist, political scientist, educator, psychologist, social worker, statistician, survey researcher, and urban/regional planner.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2012 median pay for Sociologists with a master’s degree was $74,960 per year; the job outlook through 2022 calls for a 15% growth in employment, faster than the average occupation in today’s workplace.
NOTE: Most sociology jobs require a master’s degree or Ph.D. Many bachelor’s degree holders will find positions in related fields, such as social services, education, or public policy.
ECC’s Associate of Arts (AA) transfer degree is designed to meet the requirements of colleges and universities to which students may wish to transfer for completion of baccalaureate (BA or BS) degrees. In many instances, transfer colleges accept this degree as equivalent to their own general education requirements.
Because the requirements for an AA degree change periodically, students should check with their academic advisor or the ECC Admissions Office to confirm that they have the most current information. Students are responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree they hope to obtain and for planning their schedule accordingly.
Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa
ECC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable ECC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at ECC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the ECC Admissions Office for more information!
THE ELLSWORTH EXPERIENCE
- ECC currently has the 17th highest student success rate (graduation rate + transfer rate) of any community college in the nation.
- The College offers generous scholarships and financial aid packages, which is why our graduates have one of the lowest average student debt loads of any college in Iowa, public or private, two-year or four year!
- What students appreciate about ECC is our smaller class sizes, which results in more one-on-one attention from the instructor and greater classroom success.