What can I do with a major in Philosophy?

 

The information below describes typical occupations and employers associated with this major. Understand that some of the options listed below may require additional training. Moreover, you are not limited to these options alone when choosing a possible career path.

 

Description of Philosophy

Philosophy is concerned with the fundamental questions: What is rational? What is right? What is real? Because philosophy asks these basic questions and explores methods for answering them, it is by nature interdisciplinary and related to every other discipline in the college curriculum. Philosophy, from its historical beginnings to the present day, is a discipline of arguments. While these arguments can seem like endless and frustrating pursuits on the surface, they actually exist for the reason of truth. This quest for truth is apparent when looking at philosophy from a broad framework as well as when examining the sub-fields of logic, ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics. 

Some undergraduate philosophy majors go on to study philosophy in graduate school and eventually become philosophy professors. Nevertheless, this is not absolutely necessary. Because students of philosophy acquire skills of critical thinking, learn to discover and evaluate basic assumptions, are trained in accurate analysis of concepts and ideas, and can easily construct logical and reliable arguments, many businesses recognize the value of a philosophical education. What is more, they look favorably on an individual who quickly learns new things and thinks for him or herself and can be trained in the specifics of a job. With that said, a student majoring in philosophy can tailor his or her career for law, business, education, or a host of other professions.

 

Possible Job Titles of Philosophy Graduates

(*Jobs secured as reported by Rhodes Career Services post-graduate survey)

Account Executive

AIDS Educator*

Analyst

Animal Care Technician*

Archivist
Assistant Manager

Assistant Program Director*

Biographer

Cell Phone Manager*

College Professor

Columnist

Coordinator, Language Center*

Counselor

Critic

Director of Youth Services*

Editor*

Educator

Foreign Correspondent

Foreign Services Officer

Governess*

Help Desk Specialist

International Relations Rep.

IT Clerk

Journalist

Judge

Lawyer

Librarian

Lobbyist

Mediator

Minister

Missionary

Narcotics Officer*

Political Scientist

Project Manager

Psychologist

Public Relations Representative

Publisher

Research Assistant*

Sales Representative*

Social Worker
Teacher*

Technician

Training/Dev. Coordinator*

TV Director

Volunteer Coordinator

Webmaster

Writer

 

Possible Employers and Employment Settings for Philosophy Graduates

(*Jobs secured as reported by Rhodes Career Services post-graduate survey)

Advertising Agencies

Archives

Armstrong and Dobbs

AutoZone*

Banks

Bookstores

Broadcasting Companies

BUNAC*

Businesses and Corporations

Chambers of Commerce

Civil Service Commission

Colleges and Schools*

Community Dev. Agencies

Consulting Services

Consumer Affairs Office

Education Departments

Foreign Service  

Government Agencies

Historical Societies

Human Service Agencies

Humane Societies*

Insurance Companies

Jesuit Volunteer Corps.*

JET Program*

Justice Department

Legislatures

Libraries

Library of Congress

Magazines & Newspapers*

Memphis Botanical Gardens*

Museums

National Archives

Non-profit Organizations*

Peace Corps*

Political Organizations

Private Employers*

Professional/Trade Associations

Public Interest Groups

Public Relation Firms

Publishing Companies

Radio and Television Stations

Religious Organizations

Research Foundations

St. Jude Children’s Hospital*

Social Service Agencies

Travel and Tour Agencies

Board of Regents

U.S. Army*

 

Skill Sets and Interests Associated with Philosophy Majors

Enhanced verbal skills

Proficiency in listening objectively

Ability to conduct research and explain results

Capacity to effectively analyze and problem-solve

Open-minded concerning complex life questions

Ample command of grammar and vocabulary

Ability to formulate and support various positions

Skillful at analytical reasoning

Capable of integrating large amounts of information

Values logical thought and self-expression

Inclined to question the meaning of things

Propensity to support thinking with facts and reason

 

Top Career Services Resources for Philosophy Majors

Guide to America’s Federal Jobs by JIST Publishing

Liberal Arts Jobs by Burt Nadler

The Liberal Arts Advantage by Gregory Giangrande

Opportunities in Law Careers by Gary Munneke

 

Rhodes Campus Contacts Associated with Philosophy

 

Career Services

901-843-3800

www.rhodes.edu/careerservices

 

Department of Philosophy

901-843-3727

www.rhodes.edu/philosophy

 

Additional Resources/Contacts for Philosophy Majors

American Philosophical Association

International Assoc for Philosophy and Literature

Tennessee Philosophical Association

Society for Philosophy and Psychology

Society of Christian Philosophers

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