Sociology

Sociology is about human social activity, groups and institutions.

Studying in this area involves learning about the different roles that humans play – gender, family, economic, etc – in the various groups to which they (we!) belong.

Sociology is also about a variety of social phenomena: conflict, religion, crime, the rise of cities and nations, ethnic and cultural differences, etc.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Sociologist
  • Public policy analyst
  • Development agency analyst
  • Non-governmental organisation (NGO) worker
  • Social studies teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

142% of national
median earnings


Employment

67%
Employed
2%
Unemployed
23%
Further study
8%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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