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CHAPTER 11 Preparing to Be a Sociologist and Career Opportunities As the earlier chapters in this book show, sociology is an excellent field for peo- ple who are interested in other people and a wide range of topics within and across cultures and societies. Sociologists use their training in theory and re- search, and their unique perspectives, in a variety of occupations. They also have a number of educational options that allow them to study sociology and specific topics within the discipline in as much depth as they desire. ACADEMIC TRAINING FOR SOCIOLOGISTS Sociology is taught in some high schools. These classes provide an im- portant opportunity to share a sociological perspective, because they may be the only sociology training that many students receive. However, sociology courses at this level do not receive a great deal of attention from the discipline and have been cited for problems including inadequate training of teachers and in-course objectives, content, and materials (DeCesare 2002; Lashbrook 2001). Quality
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