Health and Social Care Careers
The occupations listed below are a selection of those which may interest students and graduates from Health and Social Care.
Human Resource Officer
Human resources personnel are tasked with developing policies and procedures related to all staff employed in that particular organisation. Duties include recruiting staff, organisational development and staff training.
Health Services Manager
Health Services Managers plan, direct and coordinate health services. They may oversee specific departments or entire faculties.
Youth workers engage with young people in a variety of settings to give support and guidance, generally to those between the ages of 11 and 25.
A number of opportunities exist within charities and NGO’s including a number of administration roles. Duties will vary depending on the size and scope of the charity
Social workers help vulnerable people to cope better with everyday life. They help individuals, families and groups to cope better with their problems in order to improve their lives.
Please note that some of these careers may require further study.
For further information on these careers, see also:
- I Want To Work In
- Information on types of jobs from Prospects
- Information on career sectors from TARGETjobs
Thank you to Prospects for the content on these pages.
A health and social care degree may be useful in the following career areas:
Advice Worker/Personal Adviser
Advice workers provide advice and guidance to people on a range of issues. As an advice worker you may work in a variety of settings including community centres and call centres.
Prospects Job Profile: Advice Worker
Civil Service Administrator
The Fast Stream is a development programme designed to prepare graduates for careers at the highest levels of the Civil Service and Diplomatic Service
A counsellor is a trained listener who will provide support in a confidential setting. They help people to deal with negative thoughts and feelings.
Prospects Job Profile: Counsellor
Further Education Lecturer
FE lecturers teach adult learners over 16 and students aged 14-16 on work related learning
Prospects Job Profile: Further Education Lecturer
Health Promotion Specialist
Health promotion specialists promote good health and may develop health policies.
Local Government Officer
Local government officers develop council policies and procedures which allow local services to be delivered.
Probation officers work with ex offenders to rehabilitate them into society.
Prospects Job Profile: Probation Officer
Medical Sales Representative
Medical Sales Representatives are the link between pharmaceutical companies and medical professionals. It is a sales role.
You may be interested in graduate roles outside of health and social care. There are many employers who are looking for graduates with good degrees but that don’t have a preference for the subject studied. To explore different career options see:
As well as subject-specific knowledge and skills, a graduate in health and social care will typically have gain
- Analytical Skills
- Problem solving skills
- Team-working skills
- Organisational skills
- Leadership skills
- Verbal and written communication skills
- Present ideas and arguments verbally
- Persuasion, influence, negotiating skills
- Work independently
- IT skills
This is not an exhaustive list of skills – you will develop many skills from your course, extra-curricular activities and work experience.
Find a job
The Careers and Employability Service provides information and advice on job searching to University of Kent students and recent graduates. This includes a vacancy database advertising a range of graduate jobs, sandwich placements and vacation work/internships. The websites listed below may also be useful when searching for a job and when looking for further information on this sector.
- British Association of Social Workers
- NHS Graduate Scheme
- NHS careers
- The Guardian Jobs
- British Sociological Association
- Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Social Care Institute for Excellence
- Social and Community Care Jobs
- UK Government information service
- UK Social Policy Association (SPA)
- Civil Service fast stream
Students may progress to postgraduate training in social work and other professional courses.