Sociology graduate destinations

Sociology is an extremely versatile degree in the employment market with 60% of graduates telling us that they have chosen to go directly into employment within 15 months of graduation.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours Sociology (BSc and MSci) courses, including those with study abroad
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 48 graduates from 2018/19; this is a response rate of 56%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 71%
Self-employment/freelancing 0%
Running my own business 0%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 0%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 0%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 17%
Taking time out to travel 2%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 6%
Doing something else 4%

Sector information

Many Sociology graduates 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.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
General secondary education 3
Public relation and communication activities 2
General public administration activities 2
Other education 2
Other sectors (20 sectors) 23

Employers and occupations

Other graduates of Sociology decide to use the range of transferable skills they have developed during their course at Bristol to enter a profession totally unrelated to their degree. Bristol Sociology graduates have a diverse range of abilities and strengths which appeal to employers recruiting into careers that do not require a specific degree. In fact 70% of jobs are open to graduates of any discipline. These include areas such as IT, finance and other commercial fields.

Examples of employers

  • UK Government
  • Victim Support
  • Onward Think Tank
  • Grit: Breakthrough Programmes
  • Vodafone Ltd

Examples of occupations

  • Youth Engagement Practitioner
  • Marketing Executive
  • Support Worker
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Graduate
  • Learning Support Assistant

Further study

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 9%
Other qualification 0%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 9%

My degree has been useful in my current job and I referred to things I learnt on my Sociology course during my interview. I have also conducted a research project using skills I obtained from my degree, although I think the most important thing in securing my job was having done an internship in the sector.

Poppy, Development Assistant, Brightside (BSc Sociology, 2014)

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