Associate Degree in Sociology


Social services, domestic violence advocate, $40,000*

Head Start or preschool counselor, $37,000*

Human resources, $40,000*

Substance abuse counselor, $41,090**

Educational or guidance counselor, $56,160**

Marriage and family therapist, $51,690**

Rehabilitation counselor, $37,660**

Child, family and school social worker, $46,060**

Social worker, $56,060**

Healthcare social worker, $52,520**

Social service specialist, $42,690**

Probation officer, $52,910**

Community health worker, $37,640**

Social Science Research Assistants, $53,866.68***

Sociologists, $99,947.57***

Sociology Teacher, Postsecondary, $99,925.13***

*Annual median salary, 2013, Simply Hired: Riverside area

**Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 annual mean wage. Most positions require bachelor’s degree or above.

***Source: EMSI, 2021.1 dataset for San Bernardino and Riverside counties 

Career Info

An associate of arts in sociology degree can prepare you for four-year college studies in sociology or related fields such as social work, criminology or social science education. It can lead to a career path in education, social work or criminal justice, among others.

Potential Careers

  • Social services
  • Human resources
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Educational or guidance counselor
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • Child, family and school social worker
  • Social worker
  • Healthcare social worker
  • Social service specialist
  • Probation officer
  • Community health worker
  • Corrections officer
  • Law enforcement