Sociology examines virtually every aspect of social life such as organizations, social institutions, culture, deviant and criminal behavior, social stratification, race and ethnicity, gender issues, technology, collective behavior and social movements. As a social science, sociology utilizes scientific and humanistic perspectives in analyzing the social forces and processes that often impact and shape our lives.

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About Sociology

Sociology is: the scientific study of human behavior in groups; the science of the interaction between society and culture; the science of human responses to human institutions; macro-level and micro-level human interaction; the reciprocal relationship between the individual and the sociocultural environment (agency and structure); “the study of the bases of social membership; the analysis of the structure of social relationships as constituted by social interaction. an encompassing discipline that studies many other disciplines a particular philosophical paradigm aimed at analyzing social structures, social processes, social associations, social bonds, and social connections.


There are 128 Social Science Research Assistants employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 25.8% over the next four years. 

  • The estimated annual job openings is 16 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $20.58 hourly, $43,000 annually