What can you do with a Sociology Degree?

What can you do with a Sociology Degree?

What can you do with a sociology degree?

As a sociology graduate, you will have developed a range of skills that employers will be looking for upon graduation, such as communication and the gathering and analysis of information. There are various career paths you can take with a sociology degree, such as welfare, education, social research and local and central government. However, some of these roles will require additional qualifications. Other popular career choices included in the field of marketing, HR, business, advertising and public relations. 

Career options

Natural career paths following a sociology degree:

  • Advice worker
  • Community development worker
  • Further education teacher
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Housing manager/officer
  • Marketing Executive
  • Police officer
  • Policy officer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Social researcher
  • Youth worker
 

Transferable skills career paths:

  • Charity officer
  • Civil Service administrator
  • Family support worker
  • Human resources officer
  • International aid/development worker
  • Life coach
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Probation officer
  • Public relations officer
  • Social worker
  • Special educational needs coordinator (SENCO)
 

These should only be used as a guide. Many employers will accept applications from students that have studied various degrees. 

Work experience

Those wanting a career with sociology skills should investigate doing an industry placement – pre-entry work is valued highly. Your careers department at your university should be able to help you identify these. 

These may include opportunities within the following:

 

  • Schools
  • Community Education
  • Social work departments 
  • Working with vulnerable people
  • Local councils
 

If your university course does not offer a placement year, you may want to consider doing part-time, summer or voluntary work. To give yourself a head start, you can reach out to local businesses to see if there is a need for the skills you have already developed throughout your degree and the opportunity to learn and grow. 

 

If you are interested in a career in law or the Civil Service, doing an internship will allow for a more structured work experience and give you real insight into what a role in this field would entail. Competition for these places is rife, so do your research and identify the skills and experience that will make you stand out. 

 

Any kind of pre-entry experience will give your application an advantage. It will also help you to develop the essential skills needed to succeed in the industry. Employers value work experience very highly, and it will also allow you to network and build a list of contacts who may become useful in the future.  

Typical employers

The skills you will develop through a sociology degree are in demand across various sectors. You will also have developed a range of transferable skills that can be applied to many industries. 

Typical employers of sociology students include:

 

  • Charitable, counselling and voluntary organisations
  • Law firms
  • The local and central government
  • Media companies
  • Marketing and PR firms
  • The NHS
  • Police and probation services
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • Social and market research organisations.
 

Below are some of the job titles you earn with a sociology degree:

 

  • Charities administrator
  • Civil Service administrator
  • Health service manager
  • Human resources officer
  • Journalist
  • Marketing Executive
  • Political party research officer
  • Public affairs consultant (lobbyist)
  • Retail manager
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Solicitor

Skills for your CV

Studying sociology provides you with a range of skills that employers look for, including communication, interpersonal, problem-solving and analytical skills. You learn to:

 

  • Appreciate the complexity and diversity of social situations
  • Develop a cross-cultural understanding of the world
  • Apply sociological theory to society’s organisations, including schools, hospitals and offices
  • Research, judge and evaluate complex information
  • Make reasoned arguments
  • Apply different research methods, analysis and statistical techniques
  • Develop opinions and new ideas on societal issues
  • Work collaboratively as part of a team on projects
  • Think creatively and independently to understand, scrutinise and re-assess common perceptions of the social world
  • Relate sociological knowledge to social, public and civic policy
  • Organise your work and meet deadlines

Further study

It’s not uncommon for geography graduates to continue their studies with a postgraduate degree. This is usually because they want to specialise in a particular area, such as social policy, political sociology or social research. Alternatively, there are many courses available which can take you into different areas of work, such as:

 

  • Community Education
  • Counselling
  • Information management
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Social work
  • Teaching

What are sociology graduates doing?

Due to the flexibility of a sociology degree, graduates hold a real mix of professions. The top ten jobs held by sociology graduates include welfare and housing associate professionals, protective service occupations, teaching professionals, teaching and childcare support occupations, admin, sales, marketing and related associate professionals. 

Related Courses

The UWS BA (Hons) in Social Sciences focuses on the central themes of social justice, power and inequalities. The first two years of this degree equip you with a firm grounding in the essential disciplines of politics, policy and sociology.

Investigating social and political change, you will explore how we understand society and how we can improve it, developing your critical thinking alongside a wide range of research and transferable skills highly valued by the public, private and voluntary sectors.

 

If you fancy learning about the inner workings of the mind and human behaviour, then TEG’s BSc Psychology degree is for you.

You’ll study the human mind and associated behaviour and develop key skills in collecting, analysing and interpreting data – which will allow you to apply your knowledge in research and investigation processes to solve problems in real-world settings.

TEG’s BSc Psychology is accredited by the British Psychological Society, which provides the basis for Graduate Registration.

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