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What can I do with a sociology degree?

Sociology is all about people, and so are plenty of jobs.

Sociology teaches transferable skills such as:

  • Research
  • Communication skills
  • Statistical analysis
  • Written skills
  • Understanding social issues 

These can be used in a wide range of careers like:

Social work and charity work

You’ll spend a lot of time during your sociology degree studying ways of making society more equal, and working for a charity or as a social worker could be a way of putting them into practice. Take a look at our articles on working in the charity sector and working in social services for more information.

You’ll need to study a postgraduate course in social work to become a qualified social worker, but some good experience volunteering with a charity will be essential for any job in this area.


The communication skills you’ll pick up studying sociology could make you a great teacher. You’ll need to study a postgraduate qualification for this, so take a look at our Teaching section for some routes into teaching, and what you can expect. Or if you don’t fancy standing in front of a room full of students, your research skills could be put to good use in an administration role for a university.


Politics and sociology are both about the way society works, so a degree in sociology could set you up for a career in the civil service, with a political party or for a campaign group. You’ll need to be able to construct an argument and understand complex theories – things you’ll learn on your degree – and will also probably need to have done some voluntary work campaigning for a party or issue. See our article on careers in politics for more advice.


Businesses need people to run them and people to sell to, and as an expert in people after your sociology degree, you’ll be well qualified for a career in human resources or marketing. But you’ll also have a good head for figures and analysing data, which will be useful for plenty of other jobs in business – take a look at our Careers in Business section for more ideas.


Societies communicate through the media, and a sociology degree will train you not just to understand what’s being said, but will give you the communication and research skills to have your own say as a journalist, broadcaster or in PR. You should also have the necessary problem solving and creative thinking needed to work in publishing, social media or producing film, TV and radio. But you can’t just say you can do it, you’ll have to prove it through volunteering with your student media, getting work experience and maybe starting your own blog. See our Careers in Media section for more advice.

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