The skills and knowledge you develop studying sociology often focus on the human activities and relationships that connect individuals, groups and institutions, and relate to a wide variety of careers...
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While many sociology graduates enter work in the public sector in a social or welfare role, others go into a variety of jobs throughout the public and private sector. Some employers include local and central government, industry, commerce, the NHS, education authorities, further and higher education, and charitable, counselling and voluntary organisations.
Opportunities also exist in the Civil Service and graduate management training schemes. Sociology graduates work with a varied and diverse client group.
Skills gained as a sociology graduate include:
For students considering further study, there are generally two types. For some careers areas, it is necessary to undertake a vocational postgraduate qualification. Examples include teaching, social work, law, housing, counselling, community education, information management, careers guidance and human resource management.
However, for those who wish to continue to study sociology or related subjects, e.g. social policy or social research, it is also possible to study for a Masters degree (either via a taught course or a research programme) with the possibility of then studying towards a PhD.
Six months after graduation, 62% of sociology graduates are in employment in the UK with a further 8% combining work and further study. These graduates enter a wide variety of jobs. Around 8% are in social and welfare professions and about 10% in public and private sector management.
More than a fifth of sociology graduates are in uncategorised occupations, which could include working in not-for-profit organisations, project-based work and those using employment as a 'stepping stone' to gain experience. There are also relatively high numbers working in clerical and secretarial positions (12%) and retail, catering and bar work (25%). 12% are in further study.
|Working and studying||7.7%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||24.5%|
|Clerical and secretarial||12.2%|
|Commercial and public management||9.7%|
|Social and welfare||7.7%|
For a detailed breakdown of what sociology graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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