Profession sociologist

Sociologists focus their research on explaining social behaviour and the way people have organised themselves as a society. They research and explain the way societies have evolved by describing their legal, political, and economic systems and their cultural expressions.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Artistic

Knowledge

  • Scientific research methodology

    The theoretical methodology used in scientific research involving doing background research, constructing an hypothesis, testing it, analysing data and concluding the results.

  • Sociology

    The group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  • Statistics

    The study of statistical theory, methods and practices such as collection, organisation, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. It deals with all aspects of data including the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments in order to forecast and plan work-related activities.

Skills

  • Apply knowledge of human behaviour

    Practice principles related to group behaviour, trends in society, and influence of societal dynamics.

  • Interpret current data

    Analyse data gathered from sources such as market data, scientific papers, customer requirements and questionnaires which are current and up-to-date in order to assess development and innovation in areas of expertise.

  • Study human societies

    Gather and analyse data in order to examine how humans respond to change, how power systems come into place, how cultural movements arise, etc.

  • Observe human behaviour

    Make detailed notes while observing how humans interact with and react to each other, objects, concepts, ideas, beliefs, and systems in order to uncover patterns and trends.

  • Conduct qualitative research

    Gather relevant information by applying systematic methods, such as interviews, focus groups, text analysis, observations and case studies.

  • Conduct quantitative research

    Execute a systematic empirical investigation of observable phenomena via statistical, mathematical or computational techniques.

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Monitor sociological trends

    Identify and investigate sociological trends and movements in society.

  • Apply scientific methods

    Apply scientific methods and techniques to investigate phenomena, by acquiring new knowledge or correcting and integrating previous knowledge.

  • Gather data

    Extract exportable data from multiple sources.

  • Apply statistical analysis techniques

    Use models (descriptive or inferential statistics) and techniques (data mining or machine learning) for statistical analysis and ICT tools to analyse data, uncover correlations and forecast trends.

Optional knowledge and skills

interview focus groups develop scientific theories write research proposals advise on public relations religious studies advise legislators politics communication studies legal studies anthropology advise on personnel management conduct public surveys history write scientific papers perform market research content marketing strategy teach sociology cultural history apply teaching strategies interview techniques demography advise on organisation climate political science study cultures gender studies economics perform public relations

Common job titles

  • Safety research criminologist intern - internship/co-op
  • Part time lecturer
  • Junior and mid-level sociologist
  • Adjunct - sociology (ma)
  • Field research coordinator, temporary
  • Senior developer w/ data visualization experience
  • Senior sociologist
  • Sociology part-time faculty
  • Sr. product engineer