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.
- 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.