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What can I do with my degree in Social Sciences?

Social Science careers

The occupations listed below are a selection of those which may interest Social Sciences students and graduates from the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research.

Community Development Worker

Working in communities and liaising with different agencies to bring about change and improvements. Some work may be targeted towards certain groups of people e.g. the unemployed or the homeless.

Job profile of a Community Development Worker from the Prospects website
Job profile of a Community Worker from the TARGET Jobs website

Community Education Officer

Equality and Diversity Officer

Equality Officers promote diversity and work to ensure that people are treated fairly and not discriminated against for characteristics including race, gender, age or disability.

Job profile of an Equality and Diversity Officer from the Prospects website
Job profile of an Equal Opportunities Officer from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of a Race Relations Officer from the TARGET Jobs website

Family Support Worker

Working with families facing a variety of difficulties and helping them to solve problems and move forward.

Job profile of a Family Support Worker from the National Careers Service website

Housing Officer

Housing Officers work for local authorities or housing associations to manage rented accommodation including solving problems raised by tenants, organising maintenance, allocating properties and dealing with payment issues. Housing Policy Officers develop policies for local authorities or housing associations.

Job profile of a Housing Manager/Officer from the Prospects website
Job profile of a Housing Adviser from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of a Housing Policy Officer from the National Careers Service website

Human Resources Officer

Human Resources Officers aim to ensure that organisations have a skilled and efficient workforce. They are involved in recruitment and selection, training and development, grievance and discipline and provide advice on employment law.

Job profile of a Human Resources Officer from the Prospects website
Job profile of a Personnel Officer from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of a Training and Development Officer from the Prospects website
Job profile of a Training and Development Officer from the TARGET Jobs website

Immigration, Customs and Border Roles

There are a variety of roles involving monitoring people, banned substances and other goods leaving and entering the country to ensure safety and security and to maintain the law.

Job profile of a Customs Officer from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of an Immigration Officer from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of a Border Force Officer from the National Careers Service website

Intelligence Analyst

Analysing and assessing intelligence data largely for the purposes of security and crime prevention.

Job profile of an Intelligence Analyst from the Prospects website
Job profile of a Criminal Intelligence Analyst from the National Careers Service website

International Aid/Development Worker

Local Government Careers

Developing policies and delivering local services. There are a huge variety of roles within local government including roles in social care, housing and education to name just a few.

Job profile of a Local Government Officer from the Prospects website
Job profile of a Local Government Administrator from the TARGET Jobs website

Mediator

Working with people to help them solve conflicts and disagreements.

Job profile of a Family Mediator from the National Careers Service website

Police Officer

Police Officers work to make communities safer by maintaining the law and preventing crime.

Job profile of a Police Officer from the Prospects website
Job profile of a Police Officer from the TARGET Jobs website

Prison Officer

Probation Officer

Probation Officers work with offenders and aim to reduce rates of re-offending and protect the public.

Job profile of a Probation Officer from the Prospects website
Job profile of a Probation Officer from the TARGET Jobs website

Social Worker

Social Workers work with people in the community who need support, for example, the elderly, children who are at risk, people with disabilities or mental health difficulties.

Job profile of a Social Worker from the Prospects website
Job profile of a Social Worker from the TARGET Jobs website

Teacher/Lecturer/Education Roles

Victim Care Officer

Providing help to people who have been victims of crime, including supporting them during court proceedings.

Job profile of a Victim Care Officer on the National Careers Service website

Volunteer Co-ordinator

Youth Offending Team Officer

Working with young offenders with the aim of reducing rates of re-offending and supporting young people to achieve positive outcomes.

Job profile of a Youth Offending Team Officer from the National Careers Service website

Youth Worker

Working with young people to provide support, raise aspirations and break down barriers to achieving. This is done in a variety of ways including through recreational activities, organising projects, mentoring and liaising with other agencies.

Job profile of a Youth Worker from the Prospects website
Job profile of a Youth Worker from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of a Youth and Community Worker from the National Careers Service website

You can see case studies of previous Social Sciences graduates here.


Please note that some of these careers may require further study.

For further information on these careers, see also:

People in some Social Science roles may be self-employed.

You may be interested in graduate roles outside of Social Sciences. 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:

 

People in some Social Sciences roles may be self-employed

What do Social Sciences graduates from the University of Kent do?

Every year the University of Kent participates in the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey to find out what graduates are doing after finishing their courses. You can access this information here. Please note that this webpage is password protected and only accessible by University of Kent staff and students.

The examples shown reflect the destinations of students six months after graduation. Keep in mind that at this early stage some graduates may not have made long-term career choices or entered a graduate-level job role. You will find many examples of graduates who have entered graduate schemes and professional careers, but there may also be some graduates working in temporary employment or taking time out to volunteer, travel or gain appropriate work experience. The destination data is useful for generating career ideas and it also shows that as a Kent graduate you have a very wide range of career options open to you, whatever your degree subject!

The data is collected by UK universities and submitted to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), which publishes summary reports for all UK Higher Education Institutions. For more details about the DLHE process visit the HESA website

Further information on national graduate destination statistics

 

 

Thank you to Prospects for the content on these pages.

 

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Last Updated: 22/08/2018