Sociology PhDs and Non Academic Careers

New data and reflections on non-academic careers for Sociology PhDs in ASA’s Footnotes by Roberta Spalter-Roth and Nicole Van Vooren, ASA Research and Development Department.

Should sociology graduate advisors be encouraging new PhDs to consider non-academic careers? The American Anthropology Association (AAA) has revamped its annual meetings and publications because roughly half its membership works outside the academy in government agencies, for-profits, and non-profit organizations, according to a recent article in theChronicle of Higher Education ( The AAA aims to promote alternative careers for graduate students, partly because of a tight job market for tenure-track jobs and partly because many soon-to-be PhDs want to pursue alternative careers. The Chronicle article also reports that some academic scholars in anthropology are unhappy with this shift.


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