This paper is an analysis of a sociology-related career. The chosen career for this assignment is that of a community organizer. The paper analyzes the distribution of professionals in this career along various socio-demographic characteristics, examines the differences in earnings for workers based on the socio-demographic characteristics, and offers a summary of job responsibilities and career outlook for a community organizer. The final part of this paper provides my personal opinion on this job.
There were 41,833 community organizers in the US in 2020, with 53.8% being women and 39.9% being men. The most common race of community organizers is White, making up 61.1% of these professionals (Zippia, 2021). Second in the list, with 18.0%, were Hispanics, and 11.5% for African American community organizers (Zippia, 2021). The average annual salary of community organizers is $38,000 (Zippia, 2020). Community organizers in the lower 10%, including the entry-level positions, make $27,000 per year (Zippia, 2021). There are no differences in the amounts paid to community organizers along gender, racial, or other socio-demographic characteristics (Zippia, 2020). The only difference is in the level of expertise, with higher-level organizers getting paid more than entry-level community organizers. The state or city where a community organizer works also makes a difference in their salaries. Zippia, (2021) discovered that New York community organizers are the highest paid, earning an average of $50,777 annually.
Community organizers help the communities they work in clarify and determine their problems, express their needs, and explore strategies to solve these problems. They help the local community engineer solutions to issue affecting their health sector, their education sector and the needs of their children in public schools, and human rights issues affecting the community (Fisher et al., 2018). This information is in line with what I expected. The salary is adequate compensation for their vital responsibilities. Their responsibilities are also part of the duties I expected them to perform. This information will enable me to evaluate my career choices better, serve the people of the US better, and ensure they benefit from the performance of my duties.
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