by David Howells on October 28, 2013

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Social science graduates have the best job prospects

Social science degrees could offer students the best job prospects, as well as the greatest chance of career progression, sciencecodex.com reports.   

According to new research from the Campaign for Social Science, job prospects are much better for graduates of anthropology, economics, education, history, law, linguistics, psychology and sociology.

It found that social science graduates were not only more likely to be in paid employment than their peers who undertook arts or science degrees, but they were also more likely to be in senior or managerial roles.

The results, which were obtained by taking figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), found that 84.2 per cent of social science graduates were in gainful employment three years after obtaining their degrees. For arts graduates, however, the figure was at 79 per cent, whilst science scholars came off worst with 78 per cent.      

Furthermore, 7.6 per cent of social science graduates had managed to obtain senior roles within three years, whilst the figures were at 6.2 and 3.6 per cent respectively for arts and science graduates.

The HESA figures monitored some 62,000 students from the Class of 2009 over the three years since they graduated. 

Commenting on the findings, chairman of the Campaign for Social Science, Professor James Wilsdon, told bbc.co.uk: “It’s time to banish any lingering myths about the value of a social science degree. 

“Our report shows that employers in the public and private sectors are queuing up to hire social science graduates. The UK is a world leader in social science, and it’s vital that we maintain this capacity. Teaching and training the next generation of social scientists is an investment that will repay itself many times over.”