On the Job
Sociologists study human society and social behavior. They study business, religious, political, and social groups. They may analyze the way groups influence people's behavior.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Interpret research or operational data.
- Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys.
- Conduct research on social issues.
- Instruct college students in social sciences or humanities disciplines.
- Design psychological or educational treatment procedures or programs.
- Develop methods of social or economic research.
- Plan social sciences research.
- Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
- Present research results to others.
- Advise others on matters of public policy.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- High levels of competition.
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