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Theology and religious studies : Career areas

Theology and religious studies: Career areas

Theology and religious studies graduates develop a wide range of transferable skills. These are useful for careers in teaching, law, business and management, administration, publishing, media, journalism and government jobs (local and national), as well as social, youth, community and advice work.

A 2012 HESA survey of 2011 graduates indicates that six months after finishing their course over half of theology and religious studies graduates were in UK or overseas employment, with an additional 11% combining work and further study. Of these, almost 20% were in associate professional and technical occupations, 10% were working as commercial, industrial and public sector managers, over 9% were employed in other clerical and secretarial occupations and around 7% were social and welfare professionals. 

Where are the jobs?

Theology and religious studies graduates work in a variety of different roles in every employment sector. Typical employers include:

  • schools, colleges and universities - teaching and research positions;
  • public and private sector organisations such as the National Health Service, financial and legal firms and government agencies - for administration, financial and general management positions.

Additionally, theology and religious studies students may find opportunities in advertising, human resources (HR), marketing and sales. Libraries, charities, television companies and publishing houses also employ theology and religious studies graduates in a range of roles.

For an insight into potential employment areas see:

  • teaching and education - includes work in schools, further education and higher education;
  • health and social care - includes opportunities through the government and the private sector;
  • charities and voluntary work - also known as the voluntary sector.

For further information on possibilities in other employment areas, see job sectors

Statistics are collected every year to show what HE students do immediately after graduation. These can be a useful guide but, in reality, because the data is collected within six months of graduation, many graduates are travelling, waiting to start a course, paying off debts, getting work experience or still deciding what they want to do. For further information about some of the areas of employment commonly entered by graduates of any degree discipline, check out What Do Graduates Do?  and your degree...what next?

Written by AGCAS editors
September 2011

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