Undergraduate qualifications

Arts, humanities & social sciences interest fields

How do my career interests link with this field?

Read the following statements and select the statements that apply to you. The more statements you select that apply to you, the higher your interest in this area.

  • art
  • helping people cope with their problems
  • history
  • interacting with people (in groups or individually)
  • languages
  • learning about different cultures
  • music
  • performing for an audience
  • politics and society
  • reading
  • speaking to or in front of a group of people
  • taking care of people
  • working with communities' spiritual or religious issues
  • writing

Career fields, possible job titles and work environments

The following is a list of career areas linked to arts, humanities & social sciences, together with a description, possible job titles and work environments. Click on the career field to read more about the field, possible job titles and work environments. In addition, we provide you with an indication of which occupations are in high, higher, or highest demand according to the National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018. These occupations are marked as follows:

High demand

Higher demand

Highest demand

Remember that this information is a start for you to explore options related to specific career fields - you will need to expand your research as you continue with your studies. Download the Career research document to learn more about different ways you could find information related to your career decision.


Communication, journalism and related studies


What is this all about?

Communication careers include broadcasting, advertising, marketing, public relations, education, government, social services, law, health and international relations. The increasing use of technology to facilitate communication has also created a number of new applications for communication specialists.


Possible job titles related to communication science, journalism and related studies

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  • Account executive
  • Advertising manager
  • Communication coordinator
  • Communication manager
  • Copywriter
  • Document designer
  • Events manager
  • Journalist
  • Lecturer (university)
  • Media and communications manager
  • Media assistant
  • Media planner
  • Marketing practitioner (consultant/officer)
  • Marketing research practitioner
  • Online community manager
  • Presenter
  • Public relations manager
  • Public relations practitioner
  • Relationship manager
  • Social media community manager
  • Social media practitioner
  • Training facilitator


Possible work environments related to communication, journalism and related studies

  • Communications consultancies
  • Higher education institutions (public and private universities, universities of technology & colleges)
  • Marketing consultancies
  • Organisations with communications departments
  • Public relations agencies
  • Publishing industry


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Community development


What is this all about?

People in this career help families and communities lead better lives through training, and by supporting and empowering communities.


Possible job titles related to community development

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  • Child and youth care practitioner
  • Community care worker
  • Community development practitioner
  • Community service worker
  • Lecturer (university)
  • Policy analyst
  • Programme manager
  • Project manager
  • Researcher
  • Skills development facilitator
  • Training facilitator


Possible work environments related to community development

  • Community-based organisations
  • Educational institutions
  • Government (national, provincial and local)
  • Higher education institutions (public and private universities, universities of technology & colleges)
  • Research institutions


Find out more about careers in this field

  • Download the Community Development and Social Work @ Unisa brochure to learn more about preparing yourself for opportunities in this field.
  • Career Guide (Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority)
  • Download the Career research document to learn more about different ways you could find information related to your career and study choices.


Information science


What is this all about?

Information science addresses the relationship between information, people and society. It explains the nature, uses and value of information. Information science has universal appeal and can be applied in any context. Information is the key to success in any situation and at all levels of life. Information enables people to make informed decisions and to solve problems.


Possible job titles related to information science

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  • Archives manager
  • Archivist
  • Content manager / specialist
  • Indexer
  • Information management specialist
  • Information services manager
  • Knowledge management practitioner
  • Lecturer (university)
  • Librarian
  • Library assistant
  • Library manager
  • Programme evaluator
  • Records manager / coordinator
  • Researcher


Possible work environments related to information science

  • Archival services
  • Community-based organisations
  • Consultancies (knowledge management)
  • Financial and business consulting organisations
  • Government departments
  • Higher education institutions (public and private universities, universities of technology & colleges)
  • Museums
  • Law firms and organisations
  • Publishing firms
  • Self-employment


Find out more about careers in this field

  • Download the Career research document to learn more about different ways you could find information related to your career and study choices.


Languages, linguistics and literature


What is this all about?

A career in languages provides diverse opportunities in business, research organisations, educational settings, publishing companies and financial institutions, and in the cultural, entertainment, communications and healthcare industries.


Possible job titles related to languages, literature and linguistics

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  • Academic literacies facilitator
  • Blogger
  • Columnist
  • Content manager
  • Copy editor
  • Copywriter
  • Document development practitioner
  • Editor
  • Editorial assistant
  • Educational consultant
  • English as a second language teacher
  • English conversation instructor
  • Interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Language consultant
  • Language educator
  • Language learning and development facilitator
  • Language practitioner
  • Lecturer (university)
  • Linguist
  • Materials developer
  • Online editor
  • Proofreader
  • Reading and writing consultant/facilitator
  • Social media manager
  • Speechwriter
  • Translator
  • Writer


Possible work environments related to languages, linguistics and literature

  • Advertising and communications agencies
  • Banks and insurance companies
  • Courts of law
  • Educational institutions
  • Embassies and consulates
  • Higher education institutions (public and private universities, universities of technology & colleges)
  • Hospitality industry
  • International organisations
  • Media (radio, television, newspapers and magazines)
  • National and international conferences
  • Newspaper, magazine and book publishing firms
  • NGOs and immigration institutions
  • Parliament and other government departments
  • Professional and trade organisations
  • Schools
  • Self-employed as a consultant
  • Self-employment with own enterprise or freelance interpreter
  • Tour agencies and the tourism industry
  • Translation agencies


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Philosophy, religion and theology


What is this all about?

Theology can focus on a particular religion or it can compare religions for the purposes of social research. Philosophy provides a good grounding in logical and ethical reasoning and developing critical thinking skills that are vital in many contexts.


Possible job titles related to philosophy, religion and theology

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  • Community facilitator
  • Lay minister
  • Lecturer (university)
  • Minister
  • Pastor
  • Researcher


Possible work environments related to philosophy, religion and theology

  • Chaplains for hospitals
  • Churches
  • Correctional centres, police and the armed forces
  • Higher education institutions (public and private universities, universities of technology & colleges)
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Religious institutions
  • Research organisations


Find out more about careers in this field

  • Download the Career research document to learn more about different ways you could find information related to your career and study choices.


Political science


What is this all about?

Political science forms the foundation of social development and aims to understand the distribution of power in society. Training in politics focuses on policy and political analysis, critical thinking, research skills, political risk analysis skills and a broad understanding of political issues. Unisa offers specialisation in politics, African politics and international politics.


Possible job titles related to politics

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  • Diplomat
  • Journalist
  • Lecturer (university)
  • Monitoring and evaluation practitioner
  • Political analyst
  • Politician
  • Project manager
  • Programme manager
  • Public policy researcher
  • Social researcher


Possible work environments related to political science

  • Government departments (eg Departments of International Relations and Cooperation, Trade and Industry, and Justice and Constitutional Development)
  • International aid organisations
  • Higher education institutions (public and private universities, universities of technology & colleges)
  • Local, provincial and national political organisations
  • Media organisations
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Political parties
  • Research organisations and institutes
  • Social investment practitioner


Find out more about careers in this field

  • Download the Career research document to learn more about different ways you could find information related to your career and study choices.


Psychology


What is this all about?

Psychology attempts to understand the behaviour of people (as individuals or in groups) and includes aspects such as cognition, abnormal behaviour, family functioning, human development, learning, neurological and physiological functioning, careers, personality and assessment. To register as a psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, you need to complete a master’s degree and meet other requirements such as completing an internship, passing a professional board examination and completing community service. Psychology can be taken as a major for the Bachelor of Arts General degree (College of Human Science), as well as for degrees offered in the College of Economic and Management Sciences; College of Science, Engineering and Technology; and the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.


Possible job titles related to psychology

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  • Behavioural science technician
  • Behavioural scientist
  • Community development practitioner and training facilitator
  • Education officer
  • Employee wellness practitioner
  • Lecturer (university)
  • Life coach
  • Market research analyst
  • Monitoring and evaluation practitioner
  • Psychologist in various fields (on completion of a specialised master’s degree, internship and professional board examination and, in the case of clinical psychology, a community work year)
  • Policy researcher
  • Programme evaluation and research practitioner
  • Programme manager
  • Researcher
  • Social investment practitioner


Possible work environments related to psychology

  • Community and rehabilitation clinics and other healthcare facilities
  • Community-based organisations
  • Consultancies
  • Government departments (eg Department of Higher Education and Training, Department of Health, Department of Labour, Department of Social Development, SAPS and Correctional Services, South African National Defence Force)
  • Healthcare administration organisations
  • Higher education institutions (public and private universities, universities of technology & colleges)
  • International aid organisations
  • Local clinics
  • Market research organisations
  • Monitoring and evaluation consultancies or organisations
  • Non-profit organisations
  • Private, public and psychiatric hospitals
  • Self-employment
  • Social research institutions (eg HSRC, NRF)


Find out more about careers in this field

  • Download the Psychology @ Unisa brochure to learn more about preparing yourself for career opportunities in this field.
  • Download the Career research document to learn more about different ways you could find information related to your career and study choices.


Social sciences


What is this all about?

Careers in the social sciences field span a number of areas such as anthropology, archaeology, ancient cultures and sociology.


Possible job titles related to social sciences

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  • Archaeologist
  • Anthropologist
  • Behavioural science technician
  • Behavioural scientist
  • Cultural liaison officer
  • Curator
  • Development researcher
  • Diplomat
  • Heritage consultant
  • Heritage officer
  • Historian
  • Lecturer (university)
  • Monitoring and evaluation practitioner
  • Museum scientist
  • Policy analyst
  • Political analyst
  • Programme evaluator
  • Programme manager
  • Research analyst
  • Researcher
  • Social environmental impact assessor
  • Social investment practitioner
  • Sociologist
  • Travel guide


Possible work environments related to social sciences

  • Community-based organisations
  • Consultancies
  • Government departments (local, provincial and national)
  • Higher education institutions (public and private universities, universities of technology & colleges)
  • International aid organisations
  • Market research organisations
  • Monitoring and evaluation consultancies or organisations
  • Museums
  • Non-profit organisations
  • Publishing firms
  • Self-employment
  • Social research institutions (eg HSRC, NRF)


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Social work


What is this all about?

Social workers and related workers empower people to develop their full potential, enrich their lives and prevent dysfunction. Practitioners in this field have a genuine interest in and concern for people, have good communication abilities and are touched by and concerned about the problems and needs of communities. It is important to note that students must be able to attend the workshops as well as practice and supervision sessions from levels 2 to 4.

Possible job titles related to social work

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  • Addiction counsellor
  • Auxiliary child and youth care worker
  • Auxiliary social worker
  • Childcare worker
  • Employee wellness manager
  • Employee wellness practitioner
  • Programme evaluator
  • Researcher
  • Social worker
  • Youth care practitioner


Possible work environments related to social work

  • Community and rehabilitation clinics and other healthcare facilities
  • Community-based organisations
  • Consultancies
  • Government departments (eg Department of Health, Department of Labour, Department of Social Development, SAPS and Correctional Services, South African National Defence Force)
  • Higher education institutions (public and private universities, universities of technology & colleges)
  • International aid organisations
  • Monitoring and evaluation consultancies or organisations
  • Non-profit organisations
  • Private sector (eg mining and insurance)
  • Private, public and psychiatric hospitals
  • Self-employment
  • Social research institutions (eg HSRC, NRF)


Find out more about careers in this field

  • Download the Community Development and Social Work @ Unisa brochure to learn more about preparing yourself for opportunities in this field.
  • Career Guide (Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority)
  • Download the Career research document to learn more about different ways you could find information related to your career and study choices.


Visual arts


What is this all about?

Visual arts include sculpture, painting and drawing. Technology also impacts this field with many artists using electronic media to create, for example, computer graphics and multimedia installations to communicate to their audience. Combine art with technology for exciting opportunities in user experience design.


Possible job titles related to visual arts

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  • Animator
  • Art administrator
  • Art archivist
  • Art buyer
  • Art critic
  • Art database specialist
  • Art director
  • Art educator
  • Art historian
  • Art journalist
  • Artist
  • Art tour guide
  • Author
  • Clothing designer
  • Commercial artist
  • Community art specialist
  • Composer
  • Content manager
  • Corporate art advisor
  • Creative director
  • Curator (corporate/museum/university)
  • Curatorial consultant
  • Entertainer
  • Film, television and video producer
  • Freelance instructor
  • Gallery assistant
  • Gallery manager
  • Graphic artist
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Lecturer (university)
  • Multimedia artist
  • Multimedia designer
  • Multimedia specialist
  • Museum guide
  • Music composer
  • Music technologist
  • Musician
  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Producer (film/television/video)
  • Professional artist
  • Programme manager
  • Radio programme writer
  • Recreation specialist
  • Sound subject librarian
  • Subject librarian
  • Textile designer
  • Video artist
  • User experience (UX) designer
  • Web designer


Possible work environments related to visual and performing arts

  • Advertising agencies
  • Animation studios
  • Art galleries
  • Community-based organisations
  • Cultural centres
  • Design agencies
  • Government departments
  • International organisations with cultural programmes
  • Media (television, radio & film companies)
  • Museums
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Portrait and commercial photography studios
  • Self-employment, with own studio or freelance work
  • Textile companies


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