Careers Social Science 

Careers related to Psychology and Social Sciences

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour.  Psychology is a multifaceted discipline and includes many sub-fields of study such areas as human development, sports, health, clinical, social behaviour and cognitive processes.

Social science is, in its broadest sense, the study of society and the manner in which people behave and influence the world around us. It tells us about the world beyond our immediate experience, and can help explain how our own society works – from the causes of unemployment or what helps economic growth, to how and why people vote. It provides vital information for governments and policymakers, local authorities, non-governmental organisations and others.

Careers in Psychology
Specialist routes are below require level of education beyond a degree.

Specialist routes:

Psychology as a degree is transferable to other areas such as in business, HR and marketing.  Many psychologist teach and go in to teaching.

The British Psychological Society is a useful resource.

It is important to note that universities teaching psychology will have varying approaches.  If the degree is BSc(Hons) there will be little study of Psychoanalytical psychology (Freud et al.) as this strand of psychology is not seen as a true science due to being unfalsifiable. Also, there will be significant amounts of statistical analysis.

Careers related to Social Science

Although academia is the sector where most graduates from social science find employment, the skills acquired through social science studies can be used in many types of employment – a valuable asset not least in today’s job market. Career options for social science graduates include:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Central and local government
  • Politics
  • Public services (for instance civil and diplomatic services, police and prison services)
  • Health and social care
  • Banking and finance
  • Business management
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Journalism and broadcasting
  • Accountancy
  • Law
  • Campaigning


Careers related to Sociology 

There are many careers related to sociology:

  • Advice worker
  • Community development worker
  • Further education lecturer
  • International aid/development worker
  • Social researcher
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker

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