Explore career options
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Your careers team
Based in the Bridgeman Building, Deborah can support you with:
- Finding and applying for jobs and opportunities. She has weekly bookable 20 minute appointments in the Bridgeman Building that you can book on Careers Online.
- Exploring your career options if you are unsure what to do via a careers consultation.
- Mock interviews to help you prepare via a careers consultation.
- To book a careers consultation or mock interview, please call 01509 222 039.
- Email Deborah with any questions on firstname.lastname@example.org
Based in the Bridgeman building, Kate can support you with:
- Finding and applying for jobs, placements and opportunities.
- She has weekly bookable 20 minute appointments both in Bridgeman Building and within your departments that you can book on Careers Online.
- Kate will also send you tailored information to keep you updated with the latest relevant opportunities and events.
Room U2:10 Brockington Building
Phone: 01509 228329
Room U2:11 Brockington Building
Phone: 01509 223672
Key skills developed during your degree
- Applying sociological theory to society's organisations, including schools, hospitals and offices
- Appreciating the complexity and diversity of social situations;
- Developing opinions and new ideas on societal issues
- Knowledge and understanding of research methods, analysis and statistical techniques
- Making reasoned arguments
- Organising work and meeting deadlines
- Relating sociological knowledge to social, public and civic policy
- Researching, judging and evaluating complex information and evidence
- Strong IT skills
- The ability to understand, scrutinise and re-assess common perceptions of the social world
- Working collaboratively
Approximately 60% of graduate roles are open to all disciplines. The links below are specific to Sociology, if you would like information on other career areas, please visit the career areas section of our website.
Careers directly related to your degree:
- Civil Service
- Community development
- Policy research
- Government Social Researcher
- Public sector: local and national government
- Social work/ social care sector
- Youth work
Careers where degree would be useful:
- Probation Service
- Security Service (MI5)
- The Home Office
- The National Crime Agency
- The Police Force
- The Prison Service
- Remember 60% of graduate roles are open to all disciplines.
*You can also look at other course pages depending on other modules you have taken and/or are interested in*
Further study at Loughborough University:
The Social Sciences Department has four Postgraduate Taught Master's programmes that you can apply to:
- Global Media and Cultural Industries
- Digital Media and Society
- Media and Cultural Analysis
- Global Communication and Development
You can also study for a research degree including a PhD (Post Honours Doctorate) or MPhil (Master of Philosophy). Further information can be found on the Department webpages.
Further study elsewhere:
Some areas of interest include:
Where do graduates go?
What do Loughborough Sociology graduates do?
Destination details for 2018 graduates (under the new Graduate Outcomes survey) is due to be released in Spring 2020.
The following data represents the destinations of 2017 graduates from all undergraduate programmes within the Department of Social Sciences, of which Sociology is one. To read career stories from graduates from the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences view our Graduate Profiles.
Six months after graduating in 2017…
Main activity: 95% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
Mean salary: £21,824 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
Industry locations (professional level roles): 37% in London, 27% stayed in the East Midlands, 12% in the East of England, 10% in the West Midlands, 6% in the South East and 4% in Yorkshire & the Humber.
Industry sectors (professional level roles): 18% were in information and communication; 14% were in professional, scientific and technical activities; 12% were in education; 12% were in human health and social work activities; 10% were in public administration and 8% were in administrative and support services.
Atos, Boots, Brixton Prison, Care UK, CV-Library, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Essex Police, Explore Learning, Ford Motor Company, Grant Thornton, Hays Recruitment, Local Government, NHS, Santander, Sky, Warner Bros UK
Administrator, Account Executive, Digital Strategy Intern, Employment Support Worker, Field Sales Executive, Human Resources Graduate, Intelligence Researcher, Market Research Analyst, Police Officer, Recruitment Coordinator, Regional Account Manager, User Experience Executive
Further Study included:
MA Creative Writing, MSc Information Management and Business Technology, MSc Marketing, MA Advertising and Marketing, MSc Child Development, MA Law, MA Media and Public Relations, PGCE Secondary Education
Resources to research career areas
- DLHE: destination of leavers of higher education data
- Graduate profiles: what did students who studied your subject do
- Prospects: options with a sociology degree
- Prospects: options with social policy
- Target jobs: what can I do with a sociology degree
There are a number of videos available providing you with first-hand accounts of certain careers; including information on industries, sectors, job roles and tips on how to get into specific roles.
Some examples include:
For more videos please see:
Find work experience, placements and graduate jobs
Organisations that have graduate schemes directly related to Sociology:
- Cancer Research UK
- Charity Works
- City and County Council Graduate Programmes - check each council's website
- Civil Service Fast Stream
- Frontline: young people social work scheme
- Government Social Research Service
- HMRC: Intelligence Analyst roles advertised
- National Graduate Development Programme
- National Offender Management Service (NOMS)
- NHS Leadership Academy
- Police Now
- School Direct
- Skills for Care
- Thinkahead: mental health social work scheme
Sociology specific websites: