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Sociology Schools

There are 1,139 accredited sociology schools in the country. As a professor or instructor of sociology classes at one of these schools, you play a crucial role in shaping the future of this growing field. The trends in the sociology academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below, which includes sociology training at the following levels:

  • Sociology Certificate
  • Associates degree in Sociology
  • Bachelors degree in Sociology
  • Masters degree in Sociology
  • PhD degree in Sociology


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Sociology professionals

19,550 19,810 20,830 20,810 21,140
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In the year 2010, there were 21,140 sociology professionals working in the US. The number of sociology professionals has grown by 8% between 2006 and 2010.

And the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010 was 1%.

National Salary percentiles for Sociology professionals

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The median yearly salary earned by sociology professionals, in 2010, was $68,585. The median yearly salary for sociology professionals in the US was 11% more than that for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Sociology

$58,455 $59,650 $64,925 $67,025 $68,585
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Sociology professionals' salaries have grown by 17% between the years 2006 and 2010.

Educational Trends

National Sociology Student enrollment growth by degree

475 510 546 599 658
28,456 28,942 28,832 28,743 28,882
562 569 585 628 603
1,547 1,545 1,560 1,580 1,427
99 103 70 74 56
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Sociology
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Sociology
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Sociology
  • Grey: Certificate in Sociology

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for sociology professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In 2006, 31,139 students graduated from sociology degree programs in the US. In 2010, 31,626 students graduated from sociology schools.

This represents a 2% change in the number of graduates. This growth in the number of students graduating from sociology courses is less than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Sociology Programs offered Nationwide


It is interesting to note that while student graduation is up, the number of schools offering sociology programs has also increased. There were 1114 sociology schools across the country in 2006. And there were 1139 schools in 2010.

Sociology Faculty Salaries

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