Social and Humanities Scientists

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.


New workers
£ 19,586
£ 31,831
£ 54,872

Available jobs

In the past year there were 18,635 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Addresses conferences and publishes articles detailing the methodology and results of research undertaken.

  • Undertakes analyses of data, presents results of research to sponsors, the media and other interested organisations.

  • Administers questionnaires, carries out interviews, organises focus groups and implements other social research tools.

  • Identifies, compiles and analyses economic, demographic, legal, political, social and other data to address research objectives.

  • Traces the evolution of word and language forms, compares grammatical structures and analyses the relationships between ancient, parent and modern languages.

  • Undertakes research across the humanities that furthers understanding of human culture and creativity.

  • Studies society and the manner in which people behave and impact upon the world.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Planning Permission

  • Development Management

  • Policy Development

  • Appeals

  • Project Management

  • Data Analysis

  • Finance

  • Policy Analysis

  • Legal Hearings

  • Geographic Information Systems

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Planning

  • Communications

  • Research

  • Management

  • Leadership

  • Customer Service

  • Writing

  • Influencing Skills

  • Negotiation

  • Innovation

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.