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Careers with a Sociology degree

Many careers you could pursue with a Sociology degree can help you make the world a better place. If you’re interested in your potential options, read on.

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  1. What can you do with a Sociology degree?

  2. Career options

  3. Who employs Sociology graduates?

What can you do with a Sociology degree?

The field of Sociology is crucial for understanding our society and what we can do to improve the way we live.

The specialised skills you gain during a degree will be invaluable if you choose a career that focuses on people, namely education or welfare. You could find employment in both the private and public sectors, in the local or national government, NGOs, youth or social work, criminal justice, probation, charity, law, research or teaching.

However, a degree will also equip you with a whole host of transferable skills that could take you down a less traditional career route. For example, many Sociology graduates go into careers in marketing, communication, PR, and journalism.

Career options

Sociology graduates go into careers like: 

  • Charity worker
  • Community worker
  • Family support worker
  • Government officer
  • Housing manager
  • Police officer
  • Policy officer
  • Probation officer
  • Social researcher
  • Social worker
  • Teacher or lecturer
  • Youth worker

Other potential opportunities include:

  • Crime scene investigator
  • Coach
  • Counsellor
  • International aid worker
  • Journalist
  • Marketing executive
  • PR manager
  • Special educational needs coordinator

Who employs Sociology graduates?

Examples of employers looking for graduates with Sociology skills:

  • BT
  • British Red Cross
  • Civil Service
  • NHS
  • Ofqual
  • UK government
  • UK police forces
  • Unicef
  • Victim support

If you go into research or teaching, typical employers include universities, research institutes, think tanks and schools.

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