A higher proportion of social scientists are in employment than STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) or arts-humanities graduates: 84.2% of social science graduates, compared with 77.8% of STEM graduates and 78.7% of arts-humanities graduates, are in employment at this period.
The difference between the employment rates of those who studied full-time and part-time is also much smaller among social science graduates: their rates of employment are consistently high.
A smaller proportion of social science graduates are in further study, however – 10.1% compared with 17.3% from STEM and 11.5% from arts-humanities degree backgrounds.
Social science graduates who pursue further study are more likely to combine it with employment than their STEM and arts-humanities graduate peers. For example Elinor Owe, a graduate in social psychology, studied for a PhD at the University of Sussex while working as a Research Officer in Scottish Government. Elinor’s case study
These findings are consistent with the last longitudinal survey (those who graduated in 2006/7). See Chart below for the percentage of social science graduates in employment or further study.