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What can I do with my degree in Sociology?

Sociology careers

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

Social Researcher

Social Researchers could work for universities or research organisations. Social research covers a wide range of topics including migration, poverty, and healthcare. Social Researchers manage research projects including collecting and analysing data and presenting the results.

Job profile of a social researcher from the Prospects website 
Job profile of a social researcher from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of a government social research officer from the Prospects website 
Job profile of a government research officer from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of a trade union research officer from the Prospects website
Job profile of a trade union research officer from the TARGET Jobs website

International Aid/Development Worker

Human Rights Officer

Works for inter-governmental or non-governmental organisations ranging from the United Nations and Amnesty to small charities and campaigning bodies. The work may involve monitoring and reporting on human rights issues with a view to bringing them to the attention of decision makers, the media and the wider public in order to end human rights violations and provide justice to their victims. Human rights work is wide-ranging: for further information see “I Want to Work In Human Rights”

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. unemployed or homeless people.

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

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

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

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

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

Probation Officer

Probation Officers work with offenders to help with their rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

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

Education Welfare Officer

Education welfare officers work with school staff and parents/guardians to ensure children receive the necessary support and guidance to gain a full education and maintain a good school attendance record.

Job profile for an education welfare officer from the National Careers Service website

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

Prison Officer

Local Government Officer

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

Recruitment Consultant

Recruitment consultants work on behalf of employers to shortlist and interview candidates to fill permanent and temporary vacancies. Recruitment consultant roles are target-driven.
Job profile for a recruitment consultant from the Prospects website. Job profile for a recruitment consultant from the National Careers Service website

Human Resources Manager/Officer

Human resources management (HRM) involves the management of people within organisations. It may include organisation and planning, recruitment and selection, training and development, employee relations, job evaluation, performance and reward and much more. Also known as personnel management.
Job profile of a human resources officer from the Prospects website
Job profile of a personnel officer from the TARGET Jobs website Information on HR careers from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Teacher/Lecturer/Education Roles

Event Organiser/Manager

Event Organisers are involved with events from the conception stage through to the event itself.  Events can include conferences, festivals, and social events among others.  This is a hands-on role that can be in public, private or not-for-profit settings.

Job profile of an event manager on the Prospects website 
Job profile of an event organiser on the All About Careers website
Job profile of an events manager on the National Careers Service 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

Public Relations Officer

PR officers use a variety of media and communication channels to put over messages on behalf of their clients that will build a positive reputation for that client in the eyes of consumers, investors, the media and other stakeholders.

Job profile of a public relations officer from the Prospects website

Job profile of a public relations officer from the TARGET Jobs website

Market researcher

Plans, co-ordinates and manages market research projects, collecting and analysing quantitative and qualitative information and communicating it to clients.

Job profile of a market researcher from the Prospects website
Job profile of a market researcher from the TARGET Jobs website The Market Research Society

Marketing executive

Marketing executives promote a company or an individual product or brand. This role may include planning campaigns, commissioning market research and communicating with people in all areas of the business, from production to finance, as well as  externally. 

Job profile of a marketing executive from the Prospects website
Job profile of a marketing executive from the TARGET Jobs website I Want to Work In: Marketing

Advertising Account Executive

Advertising account executives act as a link between advertising agencies and their clients. They are responsible for the coordination of advertising campaigns and liaising with all involved, within and outside the agency. They manage administrative and campaign work and ensure that advertising projects are completed on time and on budget. May also be known as account manager, account handler or client services executive.

Job profile of an advertising account executive from the Prospects website
Job profile of an advertising account executive from the TARGET Jobs website Job profile of an advertising account manager from the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising

UX Analyst

User Experience (UX) roles involve gathering information about how best to improve the design and usability of a website to make it both straightforward and aesthetically pleasing.

Job profile for a UX analyst from the Prospects website

 

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

For further information on these careers, see also:

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Last Updated: 10/09/2019