Career Prospects

By developing a wide range of transferable skills, students will receive an excellent foundation for several future career directions. Competence in analyzing, interpreting and communicating quantitative information is in high demand on today’s job market. These skills open many doors for QSS graduates, ranging from pursuing graduate studies to many career options in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Of no less importance, QSS aims to be a transformative experience in shaping students’ characters as members of transnational cultural, political, and social communities.  

Possible career directions include: 

Continuing in graduate school.

A QSS degree will offer students the opportunity to pursue MA/MSc and PhD degrees in a variety of disciplines, including:  

  • economics 

  • political science  

  • environmental science  

  • sociology  

  • network science and   

  • computational social science  

 

Possible careers in Business, Industry, Governance, and NGOs

Specialist quantitative skills in social sciences are in short supply and are valued by a variety of employers in: 

  • businesses  

  • startups  

  • public service  

  • intergovernmental organizations (e.g. UN)  

  • NGOs  

  • journalism  

  • financial consulting and   

  • marketing  

 

Examples of career directions beyond academia 

  •  A QSS graduate that specialized in economics and works at the marketing department of a medium size company could use her skills in data collection by carrying out online search, analytical skills to draw the appropriate conclusions from the data and modelling skills to design a new targeted campaign.   
  • A QSS graduate who specialized in sociology and is now working for the city council in a major town could monitor the inhabitants’ reactions to measures, explore their needs by data analysis and contribute to the planning of public investments. (For example, geolocated tweets give detailed spatiotemporal information about the mobility of people.)  

  • A QSS graduate with a specialization in political science working for a polling agency would make use of her skills in programing and statistics to conduct and interpret polls and could contribute to the development and implementation of new questionnaire-free methods of testing public opinion.  

  • A QSS graduate who specialized in political science would be able to employ quantitative theory and data analysis of the statistics of armed conflicts, as well modelling of the spread of political unrest to provide international relations consulting to diplomatic and governmental organizations, as well as think tanks. 

  • A QSS graduate with specialization in environmental science working for an NGO could help understand statistical trends, interpret them for the public as well as analyze the formation of public opinion in order to plan and organize activities.