What are the career opportunities for sociology graduates?
Sociology graduates from Durham University have a good record of employability. Employers value both the subject specific knowledge involved in sociology as well as the transferable skills. The subject specific skills are valued particularly in relation to forms of work undertaken in the public sphere, such as the health service or education, where a substantive knowledge of the wider social context is an advantage. More generally however the transferable skills of literacy and the analytical ability to deal with large amounts of data are valued by employers in all sectors. Moreover the sociological imagination involves the ability to think critically about structures and processes and is a form of creativity that is increasingly valued in a changing labour market. In recent years our sociology graduates have entered a wide range of careers in such areas as, health and social work, education, business research activities, retail management, public administration, property development and the financial sector. In addition to such forms of employment, every year we have a significant proportion of graduates who go on to take a variety of post-graduate qualifications.
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