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Social/Community Services

  • Research
  • Fund Raising
  • Counseling
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Grant Writing
  • Administration
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Social service organizations
  • Public interest research groups
  • Museums
  • Mental health agencies


  • Clergy
  • Administration
  • Missions
  • Local churches or synagogues
  • District, regional, national, and world denominational headquarters
  • Religiously affiliated schools, colleges, and universities
  • Local, national, and international mission fields
  • Religious organizations


  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Administration
  • Student Affairs
  • Colleges and universities
  • Adult education programs
  • Vocational-technical educational programs
  • Professional or graduate schools including medical


  • Public Policy
  • Research
  • Regional Planning
  • City Management
  • Intelligence
  • Foreign Service
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legislative, Executive, or Judicial Services
  • Program Administration
  • Elected or Appointed Leadership
  • Campaign Management
  • Staff Administration
  • Special Interest Advocacy
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Commission on Civil Rights
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Department of Energy
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Foreign Service
  • Federal Municipal Archives
  • National and State Endowments for the Humanities
  • Legislative, executive, or judicial officials
  • Political action committees
  • Special interest groups
  • Political parties
  • Campaigns (national, state, or local)


  • Medical
  • Environmental
  • Research
  • Hospitals
  • Medical and professional schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Consulting services
  • Research organizations
  • Health science funding agencies
  • Environmental agencies


  • Law firms
  • Corporations
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Private practice
  • Special interest groups
  • Universities


  • Editing
  • Technical Writing
  • Journalism
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing companies
  • Magazine and newspaper companies
  • Professional and trade associations
  • Advertising agencies and departments
  • Electronic media organizations


  • Management
  • Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Market Research
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Business firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Banks
  • Retail stores
  • Marketing research departments or organizations
  • Real estate companies

General Information and Strategies

  • Philosophy students develop many transferable skills that can be can be utilized in a variety of careers and jobs, demonstrating the flexibility and capacity for growth that employers find valuable. These skills include analytical, organizational, research, as well as oral and written communication skills.
  • Other related skills that are attractive to employers are idea generation, problem formulation and problem solving, diverse data integration, adaptation to change, the ability to elicit hidden assumptions, persuasion, and summarization of complicated material.
  • An undergraduate degree qualifies one for entry-level positions in business, nonprofit organizations, and government.
  • Graduate and/or professional studies usually lead to careers in law, medicine, ministry, finance, psychology, counseling, diplomacy, ethics, and related areas.
  • Ph.D. is required for college/university teaching and research.
  • Concentrations with other areas can include mathematics, religion, science, history, women's studies, Eastern philosophy, and medical or business ethics.
  • Develop aptitudes for analytical thinking, logic, and statistics in order to apply philosophy to a broad range of professions such as law, government, finance, management, consulting, and related areas.
  • Join related student or professional organizations.
  • Seek related summer or part-time work experience or internships in area(s) of interest.
  • Take computer courses to increase employment opportunities.

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