What can I do with a Philosophy degree?
“What do Ricky Gervais, Ethan Coen and the former Pope of the Catholic Church (Benedict XVI) all have in common? Yep, you guessed it, they all studied philosophy at university.”
QS Top Universities, March 2, 2015
Most Philosophy majors do not pursue a Ph.D. in Philosophy but go into the job market instead. Top choices are in law, medicine, writing, counseling, education, government and management. And salaries for Philosophy graduates are ranked 1st (tied with Math) in the percentage growth from early to mid-career!
Top fields are in those areas that require refined critical thinking and problem solving skills, and strong writing, verbal and analytical skills.
View some career options using interactive tools via UC San Diego's Career Services Center.
Alumni Career Examples:
Cory Evans, Philosophy Class of 2007
Diplomatic Advisor and Professor. Former positions include
- Political Analyst for the Consulate - General of Japan in New York
- Assistant to the Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
- Adjunct Lecturer at Baruch College, New York
- Researcher and speechwriter for New York Congressman
He also started his own hedge fund, The Wickford Group.
Francis Lam, Philosophy Class of 2008
UC Berkeley School of Law 2011
“My Philosophy major really helped me excel in law school. So much of legal education and practice is about one’s ability to read, analyze, and write. … After reading, analyzing, and arguing about the works of Kant, Nietzsche, and Hegel, legal opinions and legislation seemed like a piece of cake.”
Some famous Philosophy majors:
Recent Tech Leaders
Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal
Arts & Culture
Articles of Interest:
The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors Are Changing The World Of Business
The Huffington Post by Carolyn Gregoire