Social Scientists

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Social Scientists

Social Scientists - Overview

Sociologists study human society and social behavior.

Sociologists study the behavior and relationships of groups of people, including:

  • Families
  • Communities
  • Organizations
  • Cultures
  • Tribes

Sociologists often design research projects. They may study how a group is formed or how people act within a group. They collect information about people through surveys, interviews, and observations.

After sociologists gather data, they analyze and evaluate it. They prepare reports and other publications that outline their findings and suggest solutions. They may assist lawmakers or other officials who make social policy.

Most sociologists work in one or more specialties. These specialties include:

  • Race and ethnic relations
  • Education
  • Families
  • Social psychology

Some sociologists teach at colleges and universities. They often work with assistants and clerks to process statistical data.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.