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Sociologists

OaSIS code 41409.08

Sociologists study the development, structure, social patterns and interrelationships of human societies.

Overview

Also known as

  • Sociologist
  • Urban sociologist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Study the development, structure, social patterns and interrelationships of human society.

Additional information

  • Specialize in particular areas of social sciences and humanities disciplines. These include gerontologists (specialists in the phenomena and problems of aging), graphoanalysts (specialists in handwriting analysis) and others.
  • Specialization usually exists within each of these occupations and is usually obtained through university study or through experience.

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Exclusions:

  • Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries (21210)
  • College and other vocational instructors (41210)
  • Secondary school teachers (41220)
  • Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts (41401)
  • Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers (41403)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Analyzing Data or Information
5 - Highest Level
Clerical Activities
5 - Highest Level
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
5 - Highest Level
Getting Information
5 - Highest Level
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
5 - Highest Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
5 - Very high amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
3 - More than 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Standing
Duration
2 - Less than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day

Workplaces/employers

  • Establishments throughout the private and public sectors
  • Universities

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Speech Clarity
5 - Highest Level
Verbal Ability
5 - Highest Level
Written Comprehension
5 - Highest Level
Written Expression
5 - Highest Level
Deductive Reasoning
4 - High Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
5 - Highest Level
Oral Communication: Active Listening
5 - Highest Level
Social Perceptiveness
5 - Highest Level
Writing
5 - Highest Level
Critical Thinking
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Analytical Thinking
5 - Extremely important
Independence
5 - Extremely important
Active Learning
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Innovativeness
4 - Highly important