Sociologists study the development, structure, social patterns and interrelationships of social groups and human societies.

Duties & Tasks

Sociologists may perform the following tasks:

  • observe and investigate social groups and subjects such as family, community, education, industrial relations, crime, politics, minority and ethnic relations, poverty and mass communications
  • research, collect and analyse data, generally using computers
  • record and interpret facts and figures, and write reports using the data
  • undertake systematic interviews of selected individuals
  • live in the community being studied to assist their own understanding.

Working conditions

Sociologists may be required to travel to conduct research and consult with other social scientists.

Personal requirements

  • able to remain objective
  • sensitivity to and interested in social issues
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • aptitude for research
  • able to work independently.