Q&A: I Am Interested In The Study Of Sex

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QUESTION: I've always been interested in sex and sex studies. So far I've been studying with different books, but I would like to go further. I would like to know from the professionals what I should do.

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If you’re curious about working as a sex researcher, you can approach the study of sex from any number of disciplines including public health, psychology, education, sociology, or anthropology.

Here at Kinsey Confidential, we receive many questions from readers and podcast subscribers about how to have a career in sex. Depending on what you want to do, there are many options available to you.

Formal Studies in Sex

If you’re interested in working as a sex counselor or therapist, you may want to explore graduate programs in psychology, counseling, or social work. You can find out more about what it takes to work in this field through The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists or through The Society for Sex Therapy and Research.

If you’re curious about working as a sex researcher, you can approach the study of sex from any number of disciplines including public health, psychology, education, sociology, anthropology, medicine, film studies, history, women’s studies, gender studies, telecommunications, biology, or whatever else you can dream of. The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality is a helpful resource for more information about sex research.

You can also approach sex as a health educator, by studying in programs related to health education or education more generally.

Sex In Other Professions

These academic-related professions are not the only ways to help people with their sexual lives. Nurses and doctors are frequently asked to help patients with sexual concerns as are social workers and people who work in the field of gerontology, as older people sometimes have different sexual concerns or influences on their sexual lives than younger people do.

You might also find it interesting or rewarding to work in other aspects of sexual or reproductive health, such as by working at a family planning clinic or as a doula or midwife.

Individuals who work in adult bookstores, sex boutiques and in-home sex toy parties also help people explore areas of their sexual lives and make decisions about types of products or experiences they may want to try.

More Information

To learn more about the various aspects of working in these types of fields, check out the book How I Got Into Sex, which is a collection of dozens of stories from people whose work relates to some aspect of sexuality.

Dr. Debby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph.D.)

is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of several books including Sex Made Easy and Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.
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    Widener University's Master's/Doctorate of education in Human Sexuality is the only nationally accredited program in the country. It's a pretty amazing program, too.