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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Urban and Community Studies BS - Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

The RIT Office of Cooperative Education and Career Opportunities can provide very helpful advice as you begin planning your career.  They are located on the main floor of the Bausch and Lomb Center (Bldg. 77).  Website: http://www.rit.edu/emcs/oce/

Urban Studies: What can I do with this degree?

AREAS

EMPLOYERS

STRATEGIES

Government

Demography

Social Statistics

Social Statistics

Public Administration

Policy Analysis

Research

Program Development

Human Services

City Planning

Law Enforcement

Politics

Federal departments and agencies such as:

Depts. of Agriculture, Education, Interior, Commerce, Defense

Health and Human Services

Drug Enforcement Administration

Environmental Protection Agency

Housing and Urban Development

Veteran's Administration

National Institutes of Health

National Institute of Aging

Peace Corps

State and local government

Planning and development commissions

National, state, or local parks or recreation departments

Housing authorities

Social service agencies

Transportation departments

Develop exceptional computer, communication, and research skills.

Gain work experience via government internships, part-time jobs, or summer work.

Develop a specialty such as aging, family, criminal justice, or health care.

Learn the federal job application process.

Obtain a graduate degree for advanced positions.

Consider a minor in public policy, criminal justice, or other related fields.

AREAS

EMPLOYERS

STRATEGIES

Regional and Urban Planning

Transportation

Demography

Housing

Historic Preservation

Urban Design

Urban Renewal

Environmental Regulatory Issues

Economic Development

Land Use

Research Design

Program Development

Architecture firms

Engineering firms

Local planning agencies

Real estate and development contractors

Investment companies

Transportation agencies

Zoning administration

Federal, state, and local government

Utility companies

Non-profit organizations

Historical restoration or preservation agencies

Neighborhood revitalization initiatives

International development organizations

Enhance curriculum with courses in business, social sciences, statistics, or civil engineering.

Earn a graduate degree in urban or regional planning.

Find a related internship, part-time, or summer job.

Develop strong computer skills.

Learn another language to communicate with diverse community members or to work abroad.

Plan to work collaboratively with a wide array of professionals and local citizens.

Understand that most planners work for local governments.

AREAS

EMPLOYERS

STRATEGIES

Human Services

Counseling

Case Management

Advocacy

Rehabilitation Counseling

Mental Health Services

Programming

Administration

Community service agencies

Advocacy groups

Federal, state, and local government

United Way agencies

Local branches of national non-profit organizations

Religiously-affiliated service organizations

Private foundations

Adoption and child care agencies

Nursing homes and retirement communities

Hospitals and wellness centers

Halfway houses

Vocational services

Educational information services

Gain experience and develop helping skills through volunteer positions.

Spend summers working at camps, YMCA's, or other social service agencies.

Gain experience working with diverse populations.

Develop excellent communication skills.

Concentrate course work in an area of interest such as youth, gerontology, or poverty.

Learn a second language in order to interact with non-English speakers and increase marketability.

Serve as a peer mentor, resident assistant, or other student leader.

Earn a master's degree in social work, counseling, or other related field to increase employment opportunities.

Most states require licensure or certification for positions involving the direct provision of therapeutic services to clients.

AREAS

EMPLOYERS

STRATEGIES

Business

Real Estate

Construction Management

Development

Sales

Leasing

Management

Human Resources

Sales

Real estate firms

Rental properties

Construction and development companies

Insurance firms

Retail stores

Banks

Staffing agencies

Manufacturing companies

Credit management companies and organizations

Service industries

Healthcare organizations

Earn a minor in business or supplement curriculum with courses in general business, accounting, and finance.

Gain business experience through part-time jobs, summer work, and internships.

Develop excellent computer skills, including database and spreadsheet applications.

Hone written and oral communication skills.

Join related professional associations.

Seek leadership roles in student organizations.

AREAS

EMPLOYERS

STRATEGIES

Social Science Research

Data Analysis

Demography

Market Research

Information Sourcing

Program Evaluation

Universities

Government agencies

Research institutes

Non-profit organizations

Private industries

Advertising and marketing firms

Consulting organizations

Information brokers

Newspapers, magazines, news agencies

Public opinion research polls

Develop exceptional quantitative, statistical, and writing skills.

Learn to use statistics software packages as well as database, spreadsheet, and desktop publishing programs.

Volunteer to help a professor with a research project, or do so as an independent study course.

Obtain an advanced degree for research administration positions.

Network with professionals working in areas of interest.

Gain experience working on teams.

AREAS

EMPLOYERS

STRATEGIES

Education

Teaching

Research

Colleges and universities

Adult education providers

Earn a graduate degree for post-secondary teaching.

Assist a professor with research.

Take extra courses in research and statistics.

Develop exceptional written and oral communication skills.

Secure strong personal recommendations, particularly from professors.

GENERAL INFORMATION

(Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville)