A new study by the American Sociological Association examines the success of new graduates in finding not only jobs but "career-track jobs" -- and urges departments to pay more attention to helping undergraduates prepare themselves for the job market. The report finds that sociology graduates do better than those in some other social sciences, but worse than graduates of professional programs like nursing. Since the recession, the percentage of sociology graduates who find "career" jobs has gone down. Departments are urged to spend more time talking to students about job issues, and the paper notes that at a time that students and their parents are very concerned about finding jobs, the health of departments can be improved by having a good track record in this area.
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