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Philosophy and You: Careers
THE JOB MARKET WELCOMES PHILOSOPHY MAJORS!
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Scroll down for a variety of information on specific careers and advice on how to prepare as a Philosophy Major!
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Here are two recent articles on the growing numbers of Philosophy majors in the United States:
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:
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
ability to develop creative solutions to unique situations
Majoring in Philosophy gives you communication skills as well as a solid
understanding of learning itself, which also can make you a highly effective
Creative writing. Philosophy and Logic/Argumentation can prepare you for a career as a novelist, a non-fiction writer, or a poet.
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 from the University of
For more information on Philosophy and Writing see this page from the University of South Carolina: http://www.cas.sc.edu/phil/ugradhdbk.php )
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.
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.)
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
Enjoy 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 Graduate School work in Philosophy and Computers, see this page from the APA: http://www.apaonline.org/publications/newsletters/v08n1_Computers_index.aspx )
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.)
Florida State University: Philosophy http://www.fsu.edu/~philo/
Florida State University: Religious Studies (Department of Religion) http://www.religion.fsu.edu/Pages/default.aspx
University of Georgia: Philosophy http://www.phil.uga.edu/
University of Georgia: Religious Studies (Department of Religion) http://www.uga.edu/religion/
Georgia State University: Masters Program in Philosophy http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwphi/index.html
University of South Carolina: Philosophy http://www.cas.sc.edu/phil/index.php
University of South Carolina: Religious Studies http://www.cla.sc.edu/RELG/