How to become a Sociologist

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

Personal requirements of a Sociologist

  • Able to remain objective
  • Sensitivity to and interested in social issues
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Aptitude for research
  • Able to work independently

Education & Training for a Sociologist

To become a sociologist you usually have to complete a degree in arts, humanities or social science at university with a major in sociology. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Avg. weekly wage:

$702

Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.8%

NSW 24%

NT 4%

QLD 19.6%

SA 4.6%

TAS 2%

VIC 38.5%

WA 5.4%

Hours worked:

35.4

Unemployment:

average

Gender split:

Male 36%

Female 64%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 23.3%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 17.8%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 42.5%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 16.4%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 38%

Above 35 years: 58%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




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