15 months after graduating
of sociology graduates are in work or further study
90% of sociology graduates agree that their current activity is meaningful
Sociology is very much concerned with the workings of society and the effects of political, social and economic aspects on the world. The pathways you could take as a sociologist therefore, stretch across the public and private sector, including education, welfare, marketing and PR, social research, local and central government, the voluntary sector and law.
The course itself examines numerous contemporary issues that impact on wider society, such as health and well being, media, sustainability, tourism, gender and sexuality, global development, work and employment, culture and deviance. With these topics in mind, it is important to remember that the skills you will develop will equip you with many desirable qualities that employers are looking for; one key feature a sociologist can boast is a multi-disciplinary approach that can lend itself to many settings. This flexibility, coupled with a diverse understanding of people, could lead you to a fulfilling career where you contribute to making a difference.
Researching your career options
Given the diversity of career options open to sociology graduates, it is important to research and explore these fully so that you can make informed decisions about your future.
Take a look at some of these useful websites for inspiration:
Below is a snapshot of what some of University of Plymouth sociology graduates told us they were doing six months after graduation. For some graduates, these jobs serve as stepping-stones to professional posts by providing relevant workplace experience.
- Family Support Worker
- Prevention And Engagement Officer
- Support Worker
- Youth Worker
- Bournemouth Churches Housing Association
- Cornwall Housing
- Plymouth City Council
- HM Prison Service
*Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Surveys of 2017/18 and 2018/19. Graduates were surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 10 UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working, studying or looking for work.