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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.


Median Salary

New workers start around £19,560. Normal pay is £31,783 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £54,821.

Daily Tasks

  • 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.

Skills employers are asking for

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Speaking
  • Science
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics
  • Monitoring