Social Science Graduates are Highest in Demand

Social Science Graduates are Highest in DemandOne of the problems facing students is the uncertainty of employment upon graduation. You could spend over three years in university, and still find yourself entering back into full time studies, trying to get the right degree that will get you a job.

All the while running the risk of over qualifying yourself out of the job market. That’s why it’s handy to be able to do a bit of “job market predictions,” to ascertain what the real job prospects are, and establish the market conditions for graduate students.

Being able to predetermine what skills employers are in a shortage of puts you in higher demand. We’re able to do a bit of that by looking at the HESA report, released in August of this year. (2013).

  • HESA is the Higher Education Statistics Agency

The report released a couple of months back was based on data analysis of students in science related studies back in 2009. Full-time students from back then have been revisited for data analysis purposes, establishing whether the studies have improved their employment opportunities, if they are using them, or if they’ve revisited further education after finding their graduate degree hasn’t helped.

Turns out that of the students who took science related studies, and that of arts and humanities… Social Science Graduates are the highest of all studies with the majority being in paid employment, with the majority being in senior managerial roles.

That indicates that for those of you who are career focused and want to climb the career ladder, that studying social sciences may be the way forward for you. Additionally…

Social Sciences Graduates Are Not Reliant on the Social Work and Teaching Profession

For years, the thinking was that if you studies social sciences, you’d be suited to teaching and social work careers. This study by HESA lays that theory to rest. There’s actually a number of job prospects open to social science graduates, some of which include:

  • Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Criminology
  • Human Geography
  • Media Studies
  • Town Planning
  • Education
  • Politics

And here’s the reason why… It’s because of the skills that you gain from this field of study. It’s skills that are in high demand by employers, as they cover your analysis abilities, interpretation, and communication.

Three skills that every employer needs in their staff, regardless of the sector you enter into. It’s the core skills required for managerial roles. Roles that actually have a higher salary outside of the public sector.

With the social science degree under your belt, the data suggests that private sectors have higher job prospects, with higher pay packets available. If you’re already studying in this field, then you’ll stand a good chance of entering paid employment right away. Just consider the career options you still have, as it’s not limited to teaching or social work.

The skills are transferrable for many employers, and they are in high demand.

If you’re not already studying in sciences, then you might want to consider it

Going by the HESA data, social science graduates have the highest employment rates, and job prospects. However, there’s more data released on related science studies. The science related graduate studies statistics:

  • 84.2% of graduates in social science in paid employment 3 ½  years after graduation
  • 79% of other science related graduates  are in paid employment
  • 78% of graduates in arts and humanities are now in paid employment too

As you can see from the statistics above, those with a social science degree account for the most successful graduates, which totals over 62’000 people in managerial positions after just 3 ½ years.

However, when you consider the related graduate students, also in paid employment, it stands to reason that the science related degrees are the way forward, giving you the best chance of entering paid employment, following graduation.

The reason being the three core skills developed that businesses need. Analysis, interpretation, and communication. Learn those skills, back it up with your degree and you’ll be more likely to have employers lining up to hire you.