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Graduates in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) are as employable as graduates of STEM subjects, according to a new report from the British Academy. The report found that HSS graduates, including geographers, find jobs in ‘some of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK’ and enjoy ‘rewarding careers in a wide range of sectors’, while naming geographers among those key to the future workforce.
The findings are based on the 2017 Labour Force Survey, which showed that 88% of HSS graduates were employed in that year – remarkably similar to the 89% of STEM graduates employed in the same year. The report also noted the diversity of careers embarked on by HSS graduates, including financial services, education, social work, the media and creative industries.
British Academy Chief Executive Hetan Shah added, “These graduates’ flexible, adaptable skills make them extremely resilient in the face of downturns and well-equipped to adapt to the technological changes in the job market. They go on to enjoy exciting and fulfilling careers in a variety of sectors including in those of enormous social value, for instance in the civil service, in teaching and social work.”
Geography graduates share in this diversity and resilience, finding a vast range of careers and having a valuable impact, addressing many of the challenges facing the world today. Find out more about Choosing geography.