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What can I do with a degree in Sociology?

People who study Sociology go into a wide variety of jobs. You will gain a range of very valuable skills, including: how to work independently and how to find information, extract what is important from it and turn it into an argument. You’ll learn to work in collaboration with others, but also how to work effectively without close supervision. All Sociology degrees teach research methods. These allow you to generate new knowledge from both quantitative and qualitative sources. You will learn how to analyse results from a various data ranging from large statistical studies to in-depth one-to-one and group interviews. You will also learn to carry out your own research both individually and in groups.

The study of Sociology will change the way you see the world around you and how you relate to others. The skills you learn are relevant to the workplace and are valued by employers.

Given that 91.7% of all Warwick Graduates end up in either employment or further study, and that 70% of graduate recruiters do not require graduates to have a specific degree, perhaps the most important question to ask is not “What degree will get me a good graduate job?” but “How can I make the most of my time at Warwick so that I can get the job I want?

What do Sociology graduates do?

Six months after graduating, 87% of our 2013 students were in jobs or further study.

Example jobs of graduates include:

  • Researcher
  • National Health Service Trainee
  • Human Resources Trainee
  • Teacher
  • Charity worker
  • Consultant
  • Banker
  • Digital Media Executive
  • Project Manager
  • Journalist
  • Audit Assistant
  • Business Support Aminstrator
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Marketing Assistant

Sectors where graduates were working include:

  • Media
  • Education
  • Banking
  • Management consultancy
  • Charity
  • Retail trade
  • Social care sector
  • Recruitment and Human Resources
  • Public sector/Local Government

Courses 2013 graduates progressed into include:

  • MA in Public Administration
  • MA Social Research
  • MSc Economics
  • MA in Ethnicity, Culture, Diaspora
  • MA in Social and Political Thought
  • MSc/MA Sociology
  • MA in Social Research
  • (MSW) Master of Social Work
  • MSc in Science, Media and Public Policy

For more information, visit Warwick Student Careers & Skills. You can also read more about how to prepare for the job market and get tips for interviews, improving your CV, and application guidance through the Warwick Careers Blog.

Alumni profile

"I graduated in 2008 and immediately after graduation I began working for the Students Union as a Welfare Officer leading on welfare related campaigns and representing students on welfare issues.

After Warwick I moved to London and gained a place on the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme. I worked mainly as a Project Manager in a Mental Health Trust and as a Service Manager running several busy departments in a large hospital. Following this I went travelling around Asia and Africa as I had secretly always wanted a gap year!

On my return to the UK I continued my NHS career by taking up another operational management role as a Business Performance Manager. I still work for the NHS but my career path has taken a different route, moving from operational management to service improvement, leading on large scale strategic projects. I currently work as a Quality Improvement Manager leading on a review of services across Lancashire and Cumbria, improving patient outcomes by implementing specialist Arterial Centres.

My Warwick degree in sociology has most definitely helped me to gain a successful career in NHS management. Employers really value a Warwick degree as its graduates have a proven track record and reputation for being a real asset to organisations and businesses. A sociology degree is particularly valued in the NHS as it gives graduates the ability to appreciate the health economy as a whole and recognise that health outcomes are affected by race, gender, age and social class. This knowledge and understanding is invaluable when leading on service reconfiguration to improve the population’s health.

The University and the Students’ Union are committed to ensuring their graduates leave university entering into a successful career. For me, without a Warwick degree in Sociology I don’t think this would have been possible."

- Stephanie Jones, BA Sociology 2008