Best Career Options after BA in Social Science in India

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Social science is the branch of science devoted to the study of societies and the relationships among individuals within those societies.

BA Social Science graduates are quite high in demand right now. But where? This is the question that this article is trying to answer.

We talked to different stakeholders and came to a very unexpected conclusion. Here is a list of the best career options that one can pursue after completing a BA in Social Science in India.


An amazing option for you if you have just graduated after completing a BA Social Science degree, is to become an Anthropologist. Good salary, great growth opportunities, opportunity to apply all that social science knowledge, and some travel sprinkled here and there. What more can a BA Social Science graduate need?  

If you don’t know, Anthropologists are scientists who basically study the development behaviour of humans throughout the world to help better understand humanity as a whole. They basically examine the Biological, Linguistic, Sociocultural and Archaeological traditions. 

The work profile often varies with your position in the organizational chain, but your major work is going to be this only. Leadership and management opportunities are available in ample once you attain a certain level of experience, if that is an important factor for you in choosing a career.  

You can expect your starting salary to be around INR 5,90,000, but this is not a hard and fast rule. If you are applying to a bigger company and are able to adequately display your skills, you can get a much higher package. And as for growth prospects, the same rule applies. If you are good at what you do, you can expect quicker promotions and more leadership opportunities.  

Work-life balance varies from company-to-company, but in general, your weekends are going to be holidays and working overtime is going to be a rarity. 

Instructional Designer   

Not satisfied by the various career options we talked about? Well, how about becoming an Instructional Designer? You will get good pay, be involved with interesting work, and the potential for career growth is enormous.  

The main job of an Instructional Designer is to create challenging and stimulating curricula for students of different ages and backgrounds. Apart from this, some other work that you may be required to perform as a Instructional Designer is management of people, internal operations and so on. The work is challenging and rewarding at the same time, which makes for a deadly combination if you ask us.  

Growth and leadership opportunities may be slightly difficult to grab in the beginning, but if you stick with it, you will definitely be rewarded with more responsibilities (and more importantly, better pay). Work-life balance can be a bit absurd at times, but it’s not something that you can’t manage after proper communication with your seniors.  

Salaries start around INR 4,63,000, and monetary growth happens very quickly. You can very easily expect your starting salary to double within a few years. With time, your work profile will change, and your daily work will stop being about the nitty-gritty of things, and more about the general overview and high-level strategization (is that even a word?) for the future of your organisation. 

Content Editor   

If you loved doing BA Social Science so much that you can’t get enough of it, and if you are also deeply passionate about it, then Content Editor may just be the right career choice for you.   

Technical Content Editors tend to review material submitted by the writers for clarity, grammar, punctuation and content. They also write content, create training materials, maintain websites, design graphics and layout and develop content. It is not a 9-5 job, which means that you will have enough time to spend with your friends and family.

Finding a job in this space is not super-difficult, especially if you have samples and portfolio projects which scream about your abundance of talent to the potential employers.  

Leadership opportunities are available to the few that are good enough to get to the top. A lot of soft skills are needed in this profession, and being an introvert might work against you. A high level of confidence is definitely a prerequisite. If you are not comfortable working within a team, and if your communication skills are next to nothing, this may not be your best bet. 

Another important thing to note is salaries. Salaries are often dependent on a number of things, such as location, company, skills and so on. But on average, you can expect to earn anywhere around INR 4,05,000 as a fresher in this field. Some companies offer more, some companies offer less, but the amount we have provided to you can be a good reference point for negotiations. 

Social Workers   

Right now, social workers are one of the most in-demand professions in India. Students who will graduate after completing BA Social Science are the ones who are eligible for this position. Social Workers usually work towards the betterment of the society. Their basic aim is to help clients improve the quality of their life by dealing with their personal problems.

And did we mention that the growth prospects are excellent?   

The real picture is that money in this sector has been steadily increasing year-by-year. You should expect to earn somewhere between INR 3,50,000-4,00,000 when you begin your journey in this field, but a lot depends on how good you are at your work and the company that hires you.  

Work-life balance varies by organization, but in general, weekends are considered holidays, and overtime is uncommon.  


If you’re undecided about all of the above choices, becoming an Economist could be the best option for you. The demand for this profession has been skyrocketing recently, so now would be an excellent time to enter it. If you’ve recently opened LinkedIn, you’ll notice that it’s flooded with employers looking for Economists.  

That’s fine. But what exactly does an Economist do? Here’s the fix.  

The main job of an Economist is to study how societies and markets distribute the resources such as land, raw materials, human labor and capital in order to create goods and services. Your duties can vary from time to time, but in the end, it all boils down to economics. So, if you think you’d like to do that, becoming an economist could be the best choice for you.  

Problem-solving abilities, which are the bulk of what an employer looks for in this field, can only be learned by experience. As a result, the majority of seasoned economists advise newcomers to get started as soon as possible.

Salaries in this field (as in most others) are highly variable, but you can expect to earn somewhere between INR 14,00,000-16,00,000 at the start of your career. 

So these were some of the highest-paying professions that you can go for after completing a BA. in Social Science. Did you like the article and found it informative? Then please share it with fellow social science students so that they can make well-informed decisions about their professional life. Subscribe to our newsletter to get a weekly update about the different career options added on the website.

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