Sociology Professor

Teach university students about sociology.

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Salary Range
$36,000 – $132,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Sociology Professors do?

Some subjects are relatively easy to teach. For example, teaching math involves showing formulas to students, and testing their ability to use those formulas. Others, however, are more complicated because of their broadness, and sociology—the study of society—is one of those subjects.

Imparting advanced knowledge of sociology requires the expertise of a professional with a special skill set and many years of experience in explaining difficult concepts. As a Sociology Professor, you’re that professional.

Since you hold the title of Sociology Professor, you’ve been teaching students for many years and you hold a senior position in your department. As such, you may be asked to participate in many committees and sit through many meetings. You may read essays written by students who are requesting scholarships, or new textbooks to determine if they’re appropriate for the school. You may also be charged with interviewing people who want to teach sociology at your school.

Teaching advanced students take up much of your time. Narrowing the focus of your class to one small part of sociology allows your students to explore that topic in depth, and you write interesting, flirty descriptions of the classes to entice students to sign up. In your small classes, you deliver lectures and assign books for the students to read. To ensure that your students are learning, you give tests and writing assignments.

It’s likely that your obsession with sociology will spill over into your private time. Reading journals and magazine articles by other Sociology Professors may inspire you to conduct your own research and write up your own riveting articles for publication.


Should I be a Sociology Professor?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Adjunct Sociology Professor, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Associate Professor of Sociology See More

    How to become a Sociology Professor

    Most Sociology Professors have a Doctorate. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aabaq9&chl=||associate%27s+%282%25%29||master%27s+%2821%25%29|doctorate+%2877%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,77
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