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What can I do with a major in Philosophy?

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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
Ethics Updates