Job Resources

A Selection of Excellent Resources

Beyond Academia

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Putting Your Undergraduate Degree to Practice

Books

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  •  Sociology at Work: provides articles, videos, podcasts, graphics and other resources to promote the excellence of applied sociologists and to support the career planning of sociology students.
  •  “ASA Career Center”: Reports on jobs and careers, including topics such as academic careers, careers with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, the job market for sociologists, mentoring and networks, and work and family.
  •  “100 Reasons Not to Go to Grad School”: Mission statement of this Blog: “This blog is an attempt to offer those considering graduate school some good reasons to do something else. Its focus is on the humanities and social sciences.”
  •  “Top Jobs for Sociology Majors”: This website offers a list of possible jobs for sociology majors, as well as a detailed list of skills sociology majors possess and can offer to employers.
  •  “Chronicle of Higher Education”: Contains articles about non-academic careers and non-faculty jobs at universities, in their advice section.

Putting Your Undergraduate Degree to Practice

Books

Websites

  • ASA’s “Trends in Sociology” site, see particularly the specific links to Employment and, separately, Faculty Salaries.
  • The annual AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey is the largest independent source of data on full-time faculty salary and benefits at two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States. Comparison charts for salaries by institution and rank for hundreds of institutions Latest edition 2016-2017.
  •  Polk, Jennifer, “From Phd to Life”: A comprehensive list of resources (including books, websites, podcasts, and etc.) for academics’ career planning outside of academia
  •  #Alt-Academy”: is both an edited collection and a grassroots, publish-then-filter approach to networked scholarly communication. Compilation of essays and perspectives about “alternative” career paths for humanities and social sciences (Last update 2014).
  • “Versatile Ph.D”: Online platform dedicated to non-academic and non-faculty careers for PhDs in humanities, social science and STEM. The platform exists since 1999.
  •  NCIS (National Coalition of Independent Scholars): Formed in January 1989 to facilitate the work of independent scholars.
  • Beyond the Professoriate”: This is an online networking community for graduate students and PhDs — at any stage of their career — to connect with like-minded people in a safe space to explore career options. It also offers free 7 day course online.
  •  “Alternative Phd: Thinking of Quitting”: Diverse resources, including blogs, personal accounts, and websites containing about quitting academia.
  •  “Academic 360”: Offers a comprehensive job search site for university jobs not limited to teaching.