Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary

Teach courses in sociology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Salary at 10th Percentile: $40,340
Median Salary: $73,080
Salary at 90th Percentile: $139,200

Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.

Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.

Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as race and ethnic relations, measurement and data collection, and workplace social relations.

Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.

Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.

Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.

Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.

Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.

Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.

Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks and laboratory equipment.

Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.

Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.

Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.

Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.

Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.

Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.

Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.

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Calendar and scheduling software
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Word processing software
Collaborative editing software
Data base user interface and query software
Data entry software
Information retrieval or search software
DOC Cop
Electronic mail software
Email software
Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
Image scanning software
Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Excel
Office suite software
Microsoft Office
Presentation software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Object or component oriented development software
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Internet browser software
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Compact digital cameras
Compact disk players or recorders
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Scanners
Computer data input scanners
Laser printers
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Multimedia projectors
Computer projectors
Teleconference equipment
Conference telephones
Desktop computers
Desktop computers
Scientific calculator
Digital calculators
Digital camcorders or video cameras
Digital video cameras
Digital video disk players or recorders
Digital video disk DVD players
Microphones
Handheld microphones
Portable data input terminals
Interactive whiteboard controllers
Touch screen monitors
Interactive whiteboards
Notebook computers
Laptop computers
Laser fax machine
Laser facsimile machines
Liquid crystal display projector
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Televisions
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Microphone stand
Microphone podiums
MP3 players or recorders
MP3 digital voice recorders
Special purpose telephones
Multi-line telephone systems
Epidiascopes
Opaque projectors
Overhead projectors
Overhead data projectors
Personal computers
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Photocopiers
Photocopying equipment
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Sociology and Anthropology
98%
Importance

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

English Language
95%
Importance

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
91%
Importance

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

Psychology
70%
Importance

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Computers and Electronics
65%
Importance

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Mathematics
63%
Importance

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Philosophy and Theology
60%
Importance

Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.

Law and Government
59%
Importance

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

History and Archeology
59%
Importance

Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

Customer and Personal Service
55%
Importance

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Speaking
91%
Importance

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension
85%
Importance

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening
78%
Importance

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.

Writing
78%
Importance

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Instructing
78%
Importance

Teaching others how to do something.

Learning Strategies
75%
Importance

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Active Learning
72%
Importance

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Critical Thinking
69%
Importance

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring
69%
Importance

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Social Perceptiveness
66%
Importance

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

Oral Expression
94%
Importance

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

Oral Comprehension
78%
Importance

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

Written Comprehension
78%
Importance

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

Written Expression
78%
Importance

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

Speech Clarity
75%
Importance

The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Deductive Reasoning
69%
Importance

The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Inductive Reasoning
66%
Importance

The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Near Vision
63%
Importance

The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Speech Recognition
60%
Importance

The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Problem Sensitivity
56%
Importance

The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Training and Teaching Others
95%
Importance

Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
88%
Importance

Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

Thinking Creatively
87%
Importance

Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Getting Information
87%
Importance

Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Interacting With Computers
83%
Importance

Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
83%
Importance

Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
80%
Importance

Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
80%
Importance

Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
75%
Importance

Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Processing Information
73%
Importance

Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

Evaluate student work.

Teach social science courses at the college level.

Guide class discussions.

Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.

Prepare tests.

Develop instructional materials.

Stay informed about current developments in field of specialization.

Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.

Maintain student records.

Advise students on academic or career matters.

Evaluate effectiveness of educational programs.

Develop instructional objectives.

Research topics in area of expertise.

Write articles, books or other original materials in area of expertise.

Select educational materials or equipment.

Order instructional or library materials or equipment.

Supervise student research or internship work.

Serve on institutional or departmental committees.

Promote educational institutions or programs.

Perform student enrollment or registration activities.

Direct department activities.

Supervise laboratory work.

Write grant proposals.

Compile specialized bibliographies or lists of materials.

Plan community programs or activities for the general public.

Advise educators on curricula, instructional methods, or policies.

Freedom to Make Decisions

How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?

Public Speaking

How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?

Structured versus Unstructured Work

To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?

Electronic Mail

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Face-to-Face Discussions

How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?

Indoors, Environmentally Controlled

How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?

Contact With Others

How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Spend Time Sitting

How much does this job require sitting?

Coordinate or Lead Others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?

Major
Social Science Teacher Education
Sociology, General
Social

Score: 100 / 100

Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Investigative

Score: 71 / 100

Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Artistic

Score: 57 / 100

Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Conventional

Score: 38 / 100

Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Enterprising

Score: 33 / 100

Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.

Realistic

Score: 14 / 100

Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Integrity
95%
Importance

Job requires being honest and ethical.

Analytical Thinking
93%
Importance

Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Achievement/Effort
93%
Importance

Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

Persistence
90%
Importance

Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

Initiative
89%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Independence
89%
Importance

Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Attention to Detail
85%
Importance

Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Innovation
84%
Importance

Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Adaptability/Flexibility
83%
Importance

Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

Leadership
82%
Importance

Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Achievement
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Independence
81%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Recognition
76%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Relationships
76%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Working Conditions
74%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Support
38%
Importance

Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.

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