Top Careers and Salaries for Sociology Graduates

Thursday, February 25, 2016 12:40 PM

Careers for Sociology Graduates


A sociology degree will give you a deep understanding of human behaviour and the societies in which we organise ourselves, but what sorts of careers does a sociology degree lead to? 


Top Professions for Sociology Graduates by Age

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If you are studying sociology but not sure of what career path to follow, then the chart above shows that there are lots of options available, even straight out of university. Although, as expected, many graduates are working in administrative and sales positions, straight out of university, another half of new graduates are already working in teaching, social care and government roles.  


But don’t let the thought of a career in administration get you down! The chart above shows that the professions of sociology graduates progress as they get older, so that, by the time people are in their late fifties, almost all sociology graduates are working in fields related to their degree.


So there you have it! If your passion is in sociology, with some patient and perseverance you are likely to end up in a career that relates to your studies.



Salaries for Sociology Graduates by Age

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So now that you know what kind of careers sociology graduates have, you’re probably interested to see what kind of salary you can expect. As you can see from this graph, you can expect to earn around £17,000 as a new graduate, but that jumps up by the time sociology grads are 30 years old when they are making to over £23,000 per year on average. Eventually, history graduates’ salaries peak at an average of just under £30,000 per year.


You can find out more information on where to study sociology, the best university courses in terms of graduate jobs and the relevant grades you’ll need for your chosen university at



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