What do Bristol Sociology graduates do?
Sociology is an extremely versatile degree in the employment market with 50-60% of graduates telling us that they have chosen to go directly into employment within six months of graduation. Many are attracted to careers where they can explore areas of work focusing on their interest in society or supporting individual members of society. This is why careers in the charity and voluntary sector, education, law, and local or national government are consistently popular. We also see a constant flow of sociology graduates into careers in healthcare and media.
Previous graduates now work as teachers, charity officials, police officers, solicitors, marketing managers, trade union officials, web designers and librarians to name but a few.
For a general introduction to what you can do with your Sociology degree, go to Options with Sociology. This gives the picture based on national statistics from all Sociology degree courses.
What are recent Bristol Sociology graduates doing?
You can get in touch with Bristol Sociology graduates through our Careers Network.
You can also read graduate case studies.
Job sectors and occupations of interest to Sociology graduates
These are by no means the only potential jobs. You can explore your career preferences more fully by using Prospects Planner, a computer guidance package available online.
These industry insights (produced by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) may be of particular interest:
- Charity and development work
- Government and public administration
- Recruitment and HR
- Social Care
- Banking and finance
- Marketing, advertising and PR
- Teaching and education
Detailed profiles of specific occupations are available online. Here are just a few:
- Social Researcher
- Human Resources Officer
- Broadcast Journalist
- Magazine Journalist
- Newspaper Journalist
- Charity Officer
- Primary School Teacher
- Secondary School Teacher
- Local Government Officer
- Social Worker
- Recruitment Consultant
- Police Officer
- Market Researcher
- Civil Service Fast Streamer
- Youth Worker
- Marketing Executive
- Public Relations Officer
- Housing Manager/Officer
- Runner, broadcasting/film/video
Careers open to all graduates
Around half of vacancies advertised for graduates in the UK don't ask for specific degree subjects. Possession of a degree is taken as evidence of intellectual ability. What is more important to the potential employer is the range of transferable skills and experience you can demonstrate. Work experience and relevant postgraduate qualifications may also help make you more attractive.
More information about some of the areas of employment commonly entered by graduates of any degree discipline can be found in:
A smaller percentage of graduates choose to study for postgraduate qualifications immediately on graduation. Of those that do, some continue with their interest in the subject by undertaking Masters courses in Sociology and Research Methods. Other graduates are interested in refining and developing their research knowledge and skills by undertaking a PhD. Vocational studies in journalism, teaching, human resource management and law are also very popular as a means of starting careers in these fields. Some people wish to take some time to consider their career plans and often opt for further study after a few years when they are clearer about the career they would like to pursue.
The Careers Service website has detailed advice on careers in law, teaching & education, the media, public sector, marketing & market research, and a wide range of other careers. You can find this information in the I want to work in... section.
The Prospects website has a very useful section in its 'Jobs and Work' section called 'Explore Types of Jobs'. This gives the job descriptions, entry requirements, training and typical employers for thousands of graduate jobs and is often a useful starting point when researching a particular career.
We also run a large careers education and employer contact programme with, for example, over 100 events in the autumn term.