THE JOB MARKET WELCOMES PHILOSOPHY MAJORS!
Topics covered in this page, linked as follows:
Check out this Powerpoint presentation about careers in Philosophy (works best with Internet Explorer): http://teach.valdosta.edu/chjames/philpre_files/frame.htm
Scroll down for a variety of information on specific careers and advice on how to prepare as a Philosophy Major!
Here are two other recommended sites with career ideas!
Websites with information about Religious Studies careers:
Here are two recent articles on the
growing numbers of Philosophy majors in the
Here's an article from People magazine about popular philosophy books! Here's list of famous people who majored in Philosophy or Religious Studies. Also, do you remember MTV's former v.j. Kennedy? She's a Philosophy Major too.
Here are two new magazine articles related to Philosophy and Religious Studies: Seventeen magazine's January 2003 issue recommended that majoring in liberal arts fields like Philosophy and Religious Studies is excellent preparation for work in business and marketing.
Philosophy is a great major because it gives you the skills employers want most:
·An ability to think critically and objectively
·An ability to write clearly and effectively
·An ability to present your case convincingly
·An ability to organize material with attention to detail and a pleasing style
·An ability to analyze policies for fairness and accuracy
·A keen awareness of political issues and all sides of disagreements
·An ability to develop creative solutions to unique situations
Here is a list of 12 careers and jobs that Philosophy Majors can do!
Teaching. Majoring in Philosophy gives you communication skills as well as a solid understanding of learning itself, which also can make you a highly effective teacher.
Creative writing. Philosophy and Logic/Argumentation can prepare you for a career as a novelist, a non-fiction writer, or a poet.
Technical Writing. This is
one of the biggest growth areas for Philosophy/Philosophy of Science/Ethics
majors. Technical writers can demand starting salaries averaging $37,000 on
today's market. (For more information on Philosophy and Writing see this page
Executive-level administration and management. Many Fortune 500 CEO's have degrees in liberal arts majors like Philosophy, because these majors develop your interpersonal communication and organization.
Editing and Publishing. These fields require a strong facility with language, combined with the communication skills Philosophy majors develop.
Law. Many lawyers got their undergraduate training in Philosophy, because the skills involved in reading and thinking clearly and arguing effectively apply to brief-writing as well as litigation techniques. Logic, Business Ethics and Health Care Ethics will be especially helpful for you.
Mediation. Philosophy majors' skills at communicating and analyzing all sides of issues make them ideal mediators (for example, mediators are used in divorce cases, or to settle disputes between unions and corporations.)
Public relations and journalism. PR and journalism both require a careful use of language - something Philosophy majors learn quickly.
Philosophical Counseling/Philosophical Practice. Did you know that not all counselors and therapists study psychology? The American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA) trains and certifies philosophy majors to do work similar to psychiatry and psychoanalysis, and is now beginning to build and accredit graduate programs in philosophical practice. The City College of New York has approved the establishment of an M.A. Program in Applied Philosophy, whose graduates will also be APPA-Certified. Similar initiatives are underway internationally. The APPA's website is http://www.appa.edu
computers? Software Creation, Ontological Engineering, Axiomatizing,
Language Development, Systems Engineering. CYCORP is one of many software companies that routinely
hires Philosophy Majors! http://www.cyc.com/cyc/company/employment
Cycorp does programming in a way that uses
common-sense logic. Their system is called Cyc®
technology, and it is rooted in the logical thinking that philosophy classes in
logic and argumentation study: semantic information retrieval,
consistency-checking of structured information, deductive integration of
databases, and natural language interfaces that relate to how people express
themselves in an everyday sense. (For more information on
Enjoy Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy? Nonprofit organizations and governmental organizations hire philosophy majors for their experience setting policies on the environment, the arts, education, health, the sciences, and culture. The Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/ , the World Health Organization http://www.who.int/en/ , Greenpeace http://www.greenpeace.org/homepage/ , the National Endowment for the Humanities http://www.neh.gov/ , and the National Sciences Foundation http://www.nsf.gov/ are just a few examples.
Enjoy Aesthetics? Philosophy prepares you to be an archivist, curator, or museum manager -- the philosophy major's appreciation for aesthetic taste, as well as organizational skills, means you have the right balance for a career in these art management fields!
(Most of these careers only require a BA in Philosophy. Our department also has information about internships for specific careers. Special two-year MA programs are especially helpful for careers in Philosophical Counseling and Ethics Consulting.)
Here are some helpful links to graduate programs
in Philosophy and Religious Studies in the
Prepare for graduate school admissions exams using Philosophy:
Several links to pages describing the value of a philosophy degree, including statistics on philosophers' performance on GRE, LSAT and GMAT exams, APA statistics on employment rates for philosophers, etc., can be found at http://www.louisiana.edu/Academic/LiberalArts/PHIL/WhyStudyPhilosophy.html
Publish a paper in an undergraduate journal:
All of these journals publish undergraduate philosophy papers, check our list below and this related list:
Allegheny Review http://webpub.allegheny.edu/group/review/
Carleton University Student Journal of Philosophy http://www.carleton.ca/philosophy/cusjp/
The Cornell Political Forum http://www.rso.cornell.edu/cpf/
Dialogue the official journal of Phi Sigma Tau, published at
Elysium formerly at http://elysium.honr.ttu.edu/
Honors Review http://honors.org/AHR.html
Issues in Political Economy http://www.elon.edu/ipe/
Janua Sophia firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline usually March 1
Journal of Psychological Inquiry http://puffin.creighton.edu/psy/journal/JPIhome.html
Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=784
The Maine Scholar (Southern Maine Review) http://www.usm.maine.edu/mscholar/
The Oswald Review http://www.usca.edu/english/pubs/oswald/oswald.html
Prometheus, published at Johns Hopkins, deadline usually March 1.
Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research http://www.psichi.org/pubs/journal/home.asp
The University Avenue Undergraduate Journal of Economics http://www.econ.ilstu.edu/uauje/
Give a paper at an undergraduate conference:
You can give a paper at a conference! Term papers can be an excellent place to start.
NEW! Keep up to date on undergraduate conferences and check the messages at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VSU-PHIL-REL
For other lists of upcoming conferences, check the APA's website at
or on these sites:
http://www.crvp.org/ The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy
http://www.philosophersnet.com/ The Philosopher's Web Magazine
Professor Jim Hill wanted to share this source for online job information for Philosophy and Religious Studies Graduate Students. http://humanities.academickeys.com/seeker_job.php
The most complete listings of academic jobs are found at sites that require membership and password access:
The American Philosophical Association http://www.apaonline.org/
A ranking of Philosophy Departments can be found at the Philosophical Gourmet Report (and should be taken with a grain of salt!) http://www.philosophicalgourmet.com/default.asp
The Philosopher's Lexicon is a fun resource from philosopher Daniel Dennett: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/lexicon/
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