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