What do LSE Sociology graduates do?

In 2011/12 94.7% of undergraduate leavers and 89.2% of postgraduate leavers from the Department of Sociology were in employment, completing further study or taking time out just six months after graduation.

Many graduate jobs make use of the social insight and skills acquired through the study of sociology. Typical employment sectors include:

  • local and national government
  • industry and commerce
  • the National Health Service (NHS)
  • education authorities
  • the media
  • IT
  • charities

Jobs where a degree in sociology may prove directly applicable include teacher, lecturer, social worker, probation officer, social researcher and community officer. Graduates may similarly pursue roles within retail management, public relations, banking, welfare advice, research, accountancy and systems analysis.

The average starting salary of graduates from the Sociology department in 2011/12 was £20,500 for undergraduates, and £30,300 for postgraduates.

To find out more about LSE graduate destinations by specific Sociology degree programmes, see graduate destinations by course|.

Graduate profiles

These are detailed profiles exploring why LSE graduates initially chose to study with us as well as giving each graduate the opportunity to relive their LSE experience and fill us in on how their career has developed since graduation. We are grateful to all LSE graduates who have taken the time to complete our Graduate Profile Questionnaire in order to produce these profiles.

Employability skills

Students have practice in the gathering, analysis and interpretation of information and are able to judge and critically evaluate evidence. Students are adept at making reasoned arguments, demonstrating an ability to analyse and assess empirical information.

Students demonstrate effective teamwork through group project work and IT skills in project presentation.

Students have problem solving skills developed through regular analysis of case studies and are able to develop strategies to deal with key issues.

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