Social and humanities scientists

£33,800

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

40

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

2.77%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

Social and humanities scientists study and analyse human behaviour and the origin, structure and characteristics of language; undertake research in areas such as sociology, economics, politics, archaeology, history, philosophy, literature, the arts; organise the collection of qualitative and quantitative information, and perform subsequent analyses.

Qualifications

Entry is most common with a degree or equivalent qualification but is possible with other academic qualifications and/or relevant experience. Postgraduate qualifications may be required for some jobs.

Typical tasks

  • studies society and the manner in which people behave and impact upon the world;
  • undertakes research across the humanities that furthers understanding of human culture and creativity;
  • traces the evolution of word and language forms, compares grammatical structures and analyses the relationships between ancient, parent and modern languages;
  • identifies, compiles and analyses economic, demographic, legal, political, social and other data to address research objectives;
  • administers questionnaires, carries out interviews, organises focus groups and implements other social research tools;
  • undertakes analyses of data, presents results of research to sponsors, the media and other interested organisations;
  • addresses conferences and publishes articles detailing the methodology and results of research undertaken.

Common job titles

Officer, survey, social, assistant (government)
Researcher (government)
Ethnologist
Philologist
Scientist, political
Researcher, policy
Officer, research
Worker, research
Archaeologist
Palaeographist
Fellow, research, university
Epidemiologist
Researcher, historical
Officer, survey, social (government)
Associate, research (government)
Researcher
Officer, research, political
Officer, survey, social, principal (government)
Geographer
Officer, GIS
Ethnomusicologist
Scientist, social
Assistant, research
Etymologist
Researcher, parliamentary
Researcher, social
Historian
Scientist, behavioural
Assistant, site, archaeologist
Genealogist
Analyst, systems, information, geographical, senior
Manager, GIS
Officer, systems, information, geographical
Associate, research
Specialist, health, public
Egyptologist
Analyst, GIS, senior
Officer, survey, social, senior (government)
Researcher, political
Antiquary
Anthropologist
Analyst, health, public
Philosopher
Sociologist
Criminologist
Surveyor, archaeological
Assistant, research (government)

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.