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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 Profiles

Meg HumphriesI graduated from Warwick this year (summer 2018), specialising in Public Policy and Social Inequalities. Since September I have been based in Sheffield, working for the Department
for Work and Pensions (PWP) in their Strategy Directorate. This is as part of their Policy Graduate Scheme, which is a 4 year talent development programme for those pursuing a career in policy roles. My presentation will cover how I got onto this scheme, a bit of background on what the scheme and DWP are about, what I do day-to-day in strategy, and how I’ve found being a civil servant so far.
Meg Humpreys - BA Sociology 2018


I’m currently a Research Assistant at Shift Learning, a boutique market research agency
based in London, specialising in the education sector. I studied Sociology at undergradaute level at Warwick from 2012 to 2015, and then completed an MA in Sociology at Warwick from 2016-17.
During my time at Warwick I was involved with the Sociology Society, Warwick Belly Dance and Warwick Pride. I also took part in several other extra-curricular activities, such as assisting on Sociology Open Days for prospective students and making occasional appearances on RaW, Warwick’s student radio station.
I have only been in my role for six months after it took me a while to find a job post-university.But in this short time my degree has come in handy in several ways. Shift Learning uses a Grounded Theory approach to their research, so I have been able to make use of virtually all social research methods I learnt with Sociology, from focus groups, to interviews to surveys and beyond. Sociological knowledge has also helped me to understand the current social and political climate of the education sector, which has been invaluable to desk research tasks within my role.
Scott Lampon - BA Sociology 2015

 

Alumni profiles

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)

Sarah Gilbert

I studied Politics and Sociology with an intercalated year during my time at Warwick. During my third year I went to study at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

I currently work for a charity called Genetic Alliance UK, in the role of Public Affairs Assistant. I primarily work on a public
affairs campaign, Rare Disease UK, but also work on other public affairs activities such as the All Party Parliamentary Group on Rare, Genetic and Undiagnosed Conditions. One of the ways in which Sociology helped me with my career is that the modules on health, science and medicine helped me discover my interest in this area and the policy around it.
In particular it can be quite challenging working in genetic policy without a scientific background but I believe that studying in Politics and Sociology has equipped me with the skills to work on a wide range of topics and think about the challenges from a range of different perspectives.
Sarah Gilbert - BA Politics and Sociology