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Social and humanities scientists

£13,520 Average salary at age 20
£34,840 Average Salary
45 Average hours per week


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.

Main 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.


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.

What Social and humanities scientists studied in higher education

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What Social and humanities scientists studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(T6) Modern Middle Eastern studies1
(L4) Social policy2
(G3) Statistics1
(L7) Human & social geography2
(L3) Sociology5
(C1) Biology1
(C8) Psychology5
(V3) History by topic2
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments1
(F6) Geology1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences6
(V4) Archaeology14
(A3) Clinical medicine2
(Q3) English studies2
(V2) History by area1
(L8) Development studies1
(L2) Politics11
(K1) Architecture1
(R1) French studies1
(L9) Others in social studies1
(M1) Law by area2
(M2) Law by topic3
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences5
(V5) Philosophy1
(L1) Economics3
(Q1) Linguistics1
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(L5) Social work1
(V6) Theology & religious studies1
(C3) Zoology1
(N2) Management studies1
(V1) History by period8
(Q8) Classical studies1
(L6) Anthropology3

UK Prospects

28100 Workforce Size
4.16% Predicted growth 2022 - 2027
2441 Predicted Replacement 2022 - 2027

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