Sociology and Social Policy

In your Sociology and/or Social Policy degree you will have developed a wide range of skills that will be useful in a number of work settings. The information below gives some suggestions to help you identify a career direction.

Popular career options

Many graduates enter professions helping and supporting vulnerable people in both public and charity sectors. Some examples include:

  • Social inclusion (social worker, probation officer, youth worker)
  • Education (primary teacher, further education teacher, learning mentor, teaching assistant)
  • Disability and inclusion (equalities officer, communication support worker)   
  • Families (portage worker, family mediator, family support worker)
  • Care and residential homes (care assistant, healthcare assistant, residential support worker)
  • Money (debt counsellor, benefits adviser)
  • Housing (accommodation warden, housing officer)
  • Counselling (counsellor, psychologist, play therapist)
  • Substance abuse (drug and alcohol worker, substance misuse outreach worker) 
  • Careers (careers adviser, Connexions Direct adviser)
  • Advice and guidance (advice workers providing advice on any of the above topics!)
  • Management/ co-ordination of services (care home manager, community development workers)
  • Social policy research and development (government social researcher)  

Other options

With a degree in sociology or social policy you have an extremely wide range of career options available to you. These extend beyond the areas listed above.

Visit the Campaign for Social Science's report 'What do Social Science Graduates Do?' which gives useful information about the different jobs and industries Social Science graduates find work in. 

It shows that among those in employment, 7 in 10 social scientists are in ‘professional’ or ‘associate professional and technical’ occupations within 3.5 years of graduating. The jobs that graduates were doing included: research work, teaching, accounting, business analysis, recruitment consultancy, legal work, town planning, social and community work and insurance brokering.

Also visit Prospects which provides a list of options with Sociology.

What past students have done 

Some of the jobs that Sociology and Social Policy graduates from this university were in, 6 months after graduating, include:

  • Manager of own company specialising in employment and business mentoring
  • Sales Assistant for a retail store
  • Mentor for a charity for young people
  • Administrator for a council
  • Support Worker for disabled people
  • Helpline Operator for a charity
  • Administrator for a construction company
  • Complaints Handler for a bank
  • Book Keeper for a vehicle rental company

More information about career options

You may find our downloadable guides useful which provide information about where you could work, roles, improving your employability and job hunting.

Also see the occupational profiles on Prospects or the National Careers Service for more options and information.  

Mapping out a career direction

As you have chosen an academic degree that could lead to multiple career options, you will need to analyse carefully your own skills, values and interests and compare these with job options to identify career areas that might suit you.

You will also need to think about how you will convey your skills and abilities to employers in the career areas you identify and consider what else you need to do to boost your employability. This might mean undertaking further study, work experience or voluntary work.  

Identifying your skills

As an graduate in Sociology and/or Social Policy it is likely that you have developed the ability to:

  • Understand the complexity of social situations
  • Research, analyse and draw conclusions from different sources of information
  • Think analytically, logically and critically
  • Articulate arguments and ideas in written form and verbally 

These are skills that all employers value, regardless of sector.

More detail about the skills you have gained is available via: