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Department of Sociology

Derek Tsang is not only a filmmaker, he’s also a Sociology grad.

Derek Tsang (B.A. 2001) is a filmmaker and actor. After completing his sociology degree he returned to Hong Kong to work as an actor and then drew on the broad worldview gained from his sociology education to try his hand at screenwriting Sinchen, he’s directed three films including the award winning Lover’s Discourse. See more about Derek here.

What do employers value about Department of Sociology graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 92% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $47,169/year upon entering the workforce. 60% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Sociology alumni most frequently apply their communication and critical thinking skills in these industries: 

  • Education 
  • Community and Social Services 
  • Social Research 
  • Media and Communication 
  • Human Resources 
  • Sales 
  • Business Operations 
  • Administration 
  • Consulting 
  • Government

graduate or professional school

A Sociology degree equips students with the research, writing and analysis skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in: 

  • Sociology
  • Law 
  • Social Work 
  • Education 
  • Health Administration 
  • Counselling 
  • Library and Archival Studies 
  • Community and Regional Planning 
  • Business Administration
  • Journalism
  • Public Policy
  • Human Resources

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals like a sociology alum who is now Special Needs Resource Consultant at Community Living Toronto, and others in your career area of interest. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options. 

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the problem solving, communication and critical thinking skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience. 
Attend a Career Exploration & Education workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills and plan for your career or further education. Visit for more information.

Connect with Alumni

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients.  

Explore Your Options

While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career. 

Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your industry.  

Take on a research project through an independent research course or gain research experience through 299, a Research Opportunities Program course.

Develop hands-on experience through an experiential learning course.