OFO No: 263204




What is a Sociologist? 

Sociology is a science. A Sociologist studies the ‘functions’ of society.  

For instance:

  • Human Interaction (relationships etc)
  • Populations
  • Social Class
  • Religion
  • Criminality and Law
  • Tribes / Races
  • Political Groups
  • Labour
  • Culture etc.

Some Sociologist specialise in one or two fields. 

What does a Sociologist do?

  • does lots of research
  • gives lectures
  • specialises in particular studies
  • writes papers
  • attends conferences

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in human behaviour?
  • curious?
  • analytical?
  • good at research?
  • intelligent?
  • a people’s person?
  • a good communicator?
  • able to speak and write well?

How do I become a Sociologist? 

Sociology can be studied at all SA universities.
This can be done through a Bachelor’s of Arts degree (BA) with a major in sociology or as part of a degree in Commerce, Economics or Administration.
There are postgraduate degrees in this field as well.


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Genealogist or Linguist

Is becoming a Sociologist the right career choice for me?