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A Degree in Sociology/Anthropology.

Students who wishing to begin work immediately after attaining the bachelor's degree are ready to apply for the many positions open to students with a liberal arts degree. Positions can be found in business, government and the human services. While many positions in these areas require a more specialized degree, employers are also looking for liberal arts graduates with the skills described above. There are also positions as assistants in research projects that are open to students with the skills of the applied sociology/anthropology major.

For those who wish to open up additional occupational vistas, sociology is an excellent background for many specific career opportunities that will be developed at the graduate or professional school level. People who obtain an M.A. or Ph.D. in sociology/anthropology, for example, often teach in colleges and universities. They also work in government or industry as researchers, administrators, consultants, program planners and the like. The sociology/anthropology majors also provide excellent preparation for graduate school in fields other than sociology/anthropology, such as social work, criminal justice, urban planning, law, public administration, and a range of other fields. Finally, the sociology/anthropology major is a good option for students who do not have well-defined career plans, but who wish to remain flexible and adaptable for a number of positions.

Possible Careers- Sociology

The following are illustrative of the kinds of settings in which sociologists--some with bachelors degrees, others with graduate or professional degrees--might find themselves:

  • Advertising
  • Banking
  • Civil service positions
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Community action agencies
  • Consumer attitude research
  • Human service agencies
  • Law
  • Marketing research
  • Newspaper reporting
  • Personnel management
  • Professional writing
  • Program evaluation
  • Public opinion polling
  • Public relations
  • Research and data analysis
  • Urban Planning
  • Sales

To bring some of these career opportunities in sociology a little closer to home. In the past few years, our students have gone on to graduate education in sociology, urban planning, health administration, future studies, public administration, guidance and counseling, economics and others.

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As for jobs, our graduates have found positions as professional social researchers, purchasers for stores, stock brokers, video editors, consumer behavior researchers, sales coordinators for businesses, sales persons, supervisors, career counselors, child social workers, city planners, teachers, and mental health workers serving individuals with disabilities. While some positions in these settings require more specialized training, there are others that are open to graduates.

For more information, students should contact their adviser in the Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology Department or the head of the department. The department has resources to help students assess graduate education, including graduate bulletins from many universities and two guides to graduate education publications from the American Sociological Association. Further assistance on career issues and decision-making can be obtained from Career Services, 3502 C.B. Hedgcock, 906-227-2800.

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Career opportunities in Sociology
Career opportunities in Anthropology

Possible Careers- Anthropology

The following are illustrative of the kinds of settings and careers in which anthropologists--some with bachelors degrees, others with graduate or professional degrees--might find themselves:

  • Professor
  • Cultural ambassador
  • Tour guide/Museum curator
  • Journalist
  • Social Worker
  • Advertising Executive
  • Advocacy Manager
  • Public Relations 
  • Librarian
  • Marketing
  • Archaeology 
  • Human Resources
  • Professional Writing
  • Political Consultant
  • Law
  • Business Consultant
  • Historian
  • Equality/Diversity Officer

At Northern, we are finding that students with a degree in Anthropology are finding employment quickly after graduation. The department is only growing as is support from the administrative body. 

Current Career Opportunities in Sociology/Anthropology

School Based Social Worker / Mental Health Professional

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan has two school based position available to provide group and individual services to area youth in (1) Boyne City at the Morgan Shaw Alternative School, and (2) in Elk Rapids at the Elementary School.

These are full time positions during the school year, September through June, with minimal, if any, time worked during the summer. Applicants with experience using electronic medical records and mental health billing are preferred.

Current license to practice as a LMSW or LPC is required; LLMSW or LLPC will be considered.

Interested and qualified applicants should submit a (1) cover letter, (2) resume, [3) completed HDNW job application and (4) copy of current professional license to

On-site Behavioral Health Therapist at Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. 

This position provides traditional counseling as well as integrated behavioral health services to patients of NMHSI. As a licensed clinician, the Behavioral Health Therapist will work in an integrated team-based model of care to improve patients' psychosocial functioning and health. 

For more information on the position, click here to access the full job description. 

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