• Writing Skills.
  • Critical Thinking Skills.
  • Identification of the dynamics/complexity of change
  • Conceptualize problems
  • Development of research strategies
  • Investigative skills (e.g., survey construction, participant observations, content analysis)
  • Analytical skills (e.g., statistics, unitization).
  • Problem Solving
  • Computer skills (e.g., SPSS, word processing).
  • Focus on behavior in groups (e.g., formal organizations, families, communities) and the impact of diversity in groups.
  • Understanding of how people function as/in groups (e.g., team dynamics, leadership)
  • Recognizing impact of context in which decisions are made (e.g., political, social, economic).

WI Social Work Certification for Non-Social Work (No BSW) BA/BS Students

While UW-La Crosse does not offer a social work degree or a BSW, many students who are major in social sciences such as sociology are interested in working in the human services/social services field. There are many opportunities for jobs in human services/social services that do not require the job applicant to be social work certified. However, there are also jobs that require social worker certification. Individuals without the BSW or MSW must become state certified in order to take certain jobs which state that the individual must have social work certification. The State of Wisconsin has a website that presents detailed information on certification for non-social work degree graduates. If you have questions regarding the process, you should always check with the Department of Safety and Professional Services to assure that you are following the appropriate steps toward licensure.

Links to the State of Wisconsin Social Worker Information:

http://ww2.wisconsin.gov/state/license/app?COMMAND=gov.wi.state.cpp.license.command.ShowPermitTypes&selectedLicense=200109141225370541208

http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/457.pdf

http://dsps.wi.gov/Default.aspx?Page=a6e3e9a7-745e-4cc3-a081-7c855642add9

 

 

Results of the 2001 Alumni Survey

The 2001 Sociology Alumni Survey (conducted and explored by Erin Behlen (graduated May, 2001) and Dr. Robert Bilby (Professor Emeritus) attempted to contact approximately 800 UW-L graduates who majored in Sociology. Two hundred and twenty alumni (graduating between the years 1965 and 2000) responded to the survey. The median age of those who responded was 34, 67% were female, and 85% resided in the Midwest (most in Wisconsin).

As we know, sociology majors tend to enter into a diverse number of fields. According to the survey:

Field
Percentage
Medicine/Health
5.4
Education
12.3
Social Welfare/Social Work
17.7
Executive/Administration/Management
25.6
Clerical/Administration Support
4.9
Sales/Marketing
7.4
Service/Restaurant/Lodging
1.5
Skilled Trade/Labor
3
Police/Law Enforcement
9.4
Other
12.8

Additionally:

Income Category
Percentage
$5,000- $9,999
1.4
$10,000-$14,999
4.5
$15,000-19,999
7.7
$20,000-24,999
8.6
$25,000-29,999
9.5
$30,000-34,999
14.5
$35,000-39,999
11.4
$40,000-44,999
9.5
over $45,000
24.5

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