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Careers in Philosophy

The "real world" can be a tricky place: Economies shift and today's 'emerging field' can quickly become as obsolete as yesterday's haymonger. In fact, average workers today change jobs several times throughout their lifetimes (and for some, this can even be beneficial to their careers).

But even though 'what's hot' may change from year to year, one thing never changes: Employers will always desire people who can think. That's why a degree in Philosophy is a smart choice, whether you plan to enter the workforce upon graduation or continue your education in graduate school.

Career Options

Because Philosophy connects insights from multiple disciplines, it's rarely matched by other majors in its ability to teach you to think critically. And best of all, this heightened skill in creative, critical thinking (the ability to stand back from a situation, idea, or belief and genuinely evaluate it) is easily parlayed into career agility.

With a Philosophy degree, you can have a successful, rewarding career in

  • Local, State and Federal Government
  • Healthcare
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Law
  • Public Administration
  • Public Relations
  • Fundraising and Non-Profit Work
  • Writing/Journalism

and dozens of other fields. In other words, with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, you're more likely find yourself set on a path towards continued growth no matter what career you choose...or how often you choose to change it!

Graduate and Law School

Studying Philosophy also allows you to learn the necessary critical thinking skills it takes to thrive in Graduate or Law School.

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Philosophy majors outpace all other majors in overall performance on the GRE (the standardized test that is the admissions standard for many graduate schools). In fact, Philosophy majors traditionally outscore other groups of majors not only on the GRE, but also on other graduate admissions tests, like the LSAT (law school pre-test) and the GMAT (business school pre-test).

More Information on Philosophy Majors
Philosophers are now more employable than ever
"Study of philosophy makes gains despite economy"
"In a New Generation of College Students, Many Opt for the Life Examined"

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