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Graduate careers advice: you and your social science degree

Career options for social sciences graduates: jobs you can do with a degree in economics, geography, history, law, politics, psychology, sociology etc.

If you are graduating with a degree in social sciences, you may find there is a limited number of careers in which your subject is an essential requirement. However, there will be many areas in which your qualification can be an advantage.

Careers for social science graduates

Some of the areas employing social science graduates are:

  • accountancy
  • advertising/marketing
  • banking and insurance
  • business management
  • economics
  • local government
  • management consultancy
  • market research
  • media
  • politics
  • psychology
  • retail and sales
  • teaching and lecturing
  • tourism
  • town planning.

We have curated a list of some jobs that are relevant to social science from our bank of job descriptions, visit some of the below to find out more

Employability skills gained from a social science degree

It’s been estimated that 40 per cent of graduate vacancies do not ask for specific degree subjects. And your degree will have helped you develop a range of transferable skills that you can bring to jobs unrelated to your subject. These include:

  • analytical ability
  • communication skills, verbal and in written reports
  • data collection, analysis and interpretation
  • numeracy and statistics
  • problem solving
  • project management
  • quantitative and qualitative research
  • team work.

Skills gained from a social science degree are applicable across a wide range of areas. We have more than 40 sectors covered in our #FYI film series, which shows you what working life is like across almost 200 different jobs.

Simon Nix, Administrative Officer, Department of Finance