The knowledge developed through a sociology degree can be useful in a variety of careers...
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here. To find out what jobs would suit you, login to My Prospects.
Practical skills and work experience are typically highly valued by employers in all careers. For some posts, a postgraduate qualification is also needed.
Part-time and voluntary opportunities can be combined with your course or job in order to gain experience. These include opportunities in schools, community education and social-work departments or with groups including young people, victims of crime or homeless people.
Think about the group or environment you are interested in. Narrowing down your preferences allows you to focus your approach to specific employers. For help with this, have a look at the British Sociological Association .
Securing work after your degree, with a relevant employer in a temporary or introductory role is worth considering in the short term, in order to gain experience and knowledge of the job. It could open up vacancies that are only advertised to existing staff.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
While many sociology graduates enter work in a social or welfare role, others go into a variety of jobs throughout the public and private sector. Some employers include:
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 some career areas, it is necessary to undertake a vocational postgraduate qualification. Examples include:
However, if you wish to continue to study sociology or related subjects, e.g. social policy or social research, you can study for a Masters degree (either via a taught course or a research programme) with the possibility of then studying towards a PhD.
Popular areas of work for sociology graduates include welfare and housing, HR and industrial relations, marketing, and youth and community.
|Working and studying||5.8%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||23.7%|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||15.8%|
|Caring and education work||10.3%|
|Legal, social and welfare||10%|
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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