Studies 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.
This career is part of the Human Services cluster Counseling and Mental Health Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Prepares publications and reports containing research findings.
- Analyzes and interprets data in order to increase the understanding of human social behavior.
- Plans and conducts research to develop and test theories about societal issues such as crime, group relations, poverty, and aging.
- Collects data about the attitudes, values, and behaviors of people in groups, using observation, interviews, and review of documents.
- Develops , implements, and evaluates methods of data collection, such as questionnaires or interviews.
- Teaches sociology.
- Directs work of statistical clerks, statisticians, and others who compile and evaluate research data.
- Consults with and advises individuals such as administrators, social workers, and legislators regarding social issues and policies, as well as the implications of research findings.
- Collaborates with research workers in other disciplines.
- Develops approaches to the solution of groups' problems, based on research findings in sociology and related disciplines.
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