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Sociologists

Study human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organizations. May study the behavior and interaction of groups, trace their origin and growth, and analyze the influence of group activities on individual members.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Analyze and interpret data to increase the understanding of human social behavior.
    • Collect data about the attitudes, values, and behaviors of people in groups, using observation, interviews, and review of documents.
    • Prepare publications and reports containing research findings.
    • Plan and conduct research to develop and test theories about societal issues such as crime, group relations, poverty, and aging.
    • Teach sociology.
    • Develop, implement, and evaluate methods of data collection, such as questionnaires or interviews.
    • Present research findings at professional meetings.
    • Develop approaches to the solution of groups' problems, based on research findings in sociology and related disciplines.
    • Direct work of statistical clerks, statisticians, and others who compile and evaluate research data.
    • Observe group interactions and role affiliations to collect data, identify problems, evaluate progress, and determine the need for additional change.
    • Consult with and advise individuals such as administrators, social workers, and legislators regarding social issues and policies, as well as the implications of research findings.
    • Develop problem intervention procedures, using techniques such as interviews, consultations, role playing, and participant observation of group interactions.
    • Collaborate with research workers in other disciplines.

    Skills

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • Sociology and Anthropology

      Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures, and their history and origins.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 68280/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 32.83/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 90
    • Yearly Projected Openings 10

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    Personality

    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Persistence
    • Integrity
    • Initiative
    • Independence

    Tools

    • Personal computers
    • Laser printers
    • Digital voice recorders
    • Digital camcorders or video cameras
    • Desktop computers

    Technology

    • Web page creation and editing software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Customer relationship management CRM software
    • Analytical or scientific software
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