What can I do with my degree in Sociology?
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 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
Working to improve the lives of people in developing countries.
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.
Family Support Worker
Working with families facing a variety of difficulties and helping them to solve problems and move forward.
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 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.
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 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 Officers work with offenders to help with their rehabilitation and reintegration into society.
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.
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.
Prison Officers are responsible for maintaining security in prisons and supporting the rehabilitation of prisoners.
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.
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
Volunteer coordinators recruit and supervise volunteers and make sure that they receive the appropriate training.
Job profile for a volunteer coordinator from the Prospects website
Job profile for a volunteer organiser from the National Careers Service website Job profile for a volunteer organiser 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
There are a variety of different roles within charities including project management, volunteer co-ordination and fundraising.
Job profile of a charity officer from the Prospects website
Job profile of a charity fundraiser from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of a charities administrator from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of a charities fundraiser from the TARGET Jobs website
There are a variety of opportunities within education from primary schools to universities.
Advice workers provide information, advice and guidance on a range of topics depending on the role. These topics may include housing, employment, welfare, education, finance and law.
Job profile of an advice worker from the Prospects website
Job profile of an advice worker from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of an adult guidance worker from the Prospects website
Job profile of a debt/finance adviser from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of a welfare rights adviser from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of a careers adviser from the Prospects website
Job profile of a higher education careers Adviser from the Prospects website
Job profile of a homeless worker from the TARGET Jobs website
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.
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.
Plans, co-ordinates and manages market research projects, collecting and analysing quantitative and qualitative information and communicating it to clients.
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.
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
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.
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
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