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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 1:1 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 94% 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?

Warwick Sociologists in todays job market

Warwick is the 3rd most targeted university by top employers for graduate employment - (Highfliers 2018)

93% of Sociology students progressed into employment/further study - (DLHE 2016/2017)

Examples of Sociology graduates' job titles include:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Careers and Employability Assistant
  • Customer Representative
  • Directorate Administrator and PA
  • Estate Agent
  • Event Administrator
  • Events Assistant
  • Resident Tutor
  • Management Trainee
  • Marketing & Development Coordinator
  • HR Graduate
  • Research Associate
  • Senior Sales Consultant
  • Teaching Assistant

Companies and organisations where Sociology graduates work include:

  • Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Centrica PLC
  • Choice
  • Common Vision UK
  • Credo Care
  • Hawkins Estate Agents
  • Holmfirth Junior and Infants
  • Imperial College London
  • National Counties Building Society
  • Oslo University Hospital
  • Qualia Analytics
  • Spotify
  • Teach first
  • Orange Tree

Sociology graduates go onto the following Masters Programmes:

  • International Social Policy
  • Contemporary Identities
  • Organised Crime
  • Terrorism and Security
  • Journalism
  • Economy, Risk and Society
  • Food, Space and Society
  • Digital Anthropology
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship and Management
  • Marketing

These programmes can be studied at Warwick and other leading universities in the UK, Europe, North America and throughout the world.

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

Catherine Fox

The only choice of study for me was sociology because I enjoyed it so much at A-Level. I chose Warwick because it gave me the opportunity to choose modules from the very beginning - to tailor my study to my genuine interests. The year abroad was something that I was considering and Warwick had some of the best options.

I had the opportunity to study abroad in Australia for a year – that was certainly the highlight of my time at university. I think it’s really important to stress that the sociology department is like a family – the friendly, supportive environment enabled me to thrive personally and academically. The common room, department events, study trips abroad and amazing lecturers make the sociology department stand out in such a positive light.

I was also part of a number of sports and societies and was a member of the executive committee for the Sociology Society. I worked part-time in ‘Curiositea’ at the SU, which was a really fun and social place to work. Warwick has the perfect work-life balance. I made friends for life.

I am currently on a Retail Banking and Wealth Management Graduate Scheme for a global bank. A common misconception is that studying sociology can limit career opportunities – that is not true! I secured this Graduate Scheme half-way through my final year so knew that I had a career lined up for me after my graduation.

- Catherine Fox
BA Sociology with an intercalated year abroad in Australia (2013-2017)