Philosophy graduates are found working for almost every type of employer in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. They work in organisations such as the National Health Service (NHS), the Civil Service and for advertising, marketing and public relations agencies. The investment banking industry and legal sector prove popular choices, as do publishing firms, charities and recruitment agencies.
Skills for your CV
Studying philosophy helps you:
- analyse and construct sound arguments;
- distinguish fine differences between views and find common ground;
- present ideas convincingly through well-constructed, systematic arguments;
- write clearly and persuasively;
- generate ideas and come up with solutions to problems;
- be open to new ideas and ways of thinking.
For careers such as law, lecturing and teaching, further qualifications are essential. For careers such as journalism and advertising, a postgraduate qualification may be useful, but it is relevant work experience that is essential. To decide if further study is necessary you should research the career areas that interest you.
Many philosophy graduates continue with further study of their discipline, possibly with the intention of pursuing a career as a lecturer, but often due to their love of philosophy. Other graduates chose to study something vocational at postgraduate level - common areas have included law, publishing and journalism.
Here is some job examples:
Median Pay: $36,000
The first avenue to look towards for a job-seeking philosophy major is one in which you can apply your skills at speaking and writing. Some of these opportunities might involve starting up the latter of the publishing industry as a publishing or editorial assistant for an established writer or firm. Editorial assistants are often flexible positions within a firm – they sometimes represent the company, write editorials, acts as assistants, read and edit manuscripts, and organize schedules.
Median Pay: $38,000
A paralegal performs legal work under the supervision of lawyers such as research and writing legal documents. These tasks are well-suited for philosophy majors, who are well-trained in writing and creating good arguments. A paralegal is also well-prepared to go on to law school and become a lawyer if interested.
Median Pay: $57,000
Public policy involves analyzing and solving problems that affect many people, often at the government level. Working in public policy involves policy research, communicating ideas with others, and creating arguments, as well as unraveling the arguments of others. All of these skills use the philosophy major’s ability to create and differentiate between good and bad arguments, along with research and writing skills.
Median Pay: $47,000
The non-profit sector involves working for a cause, which can be anything, including education, hunger, the arts, or the environment. Working for a non-profit can involve outreach, communications, program development, or volunteer coordination. Philosophy majors interested in ethics and social or political philosophy get to put their writing and speaking skills to good use at a non-profit.
Other Possible Career Paths for Philosophy Majors:
Public Relations, Advertising, and Marketing
Copywriting, Technical Writing, Grant Writing
Things a Philosophy Major Should Learn and Do to Prepare:
If your strongest skills are those of writing and editing, it’s a good idea to start to create an online presence for yourself. A simple blog can, and increasingly is, a substitute for or facet of your online portfolio as a writer. When applying for jobs that require writing, employers are going to want to see some examples of what you can do, period. A foundation of writing samples and continued work on a blog site show dedication, applied writing, and your ability to create content for an audience other than yourself, if informally.
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