Jumpstart your career with a degree in philosophy

In the Department of Philosophy, students gain valuable skills that make them highly employable in a wide range of fields. Students are prepared to pursue a variety of career paths including business, non-profit management, technical writing, law, education, higher education, government, research, and marketing, among others. The philosophy major also provides outstanding preparation for graduate school. Here are some key national career statistics for philosophy majors from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and PayScale.

Starting Salary

Average Starting Salaries for Philosophy Majors (NACE)

Noteworthy Jobs and Mid-Career Salaries for Philosophy Majors (PayScale)

Lawyer $126,930 Post-Secondary Teacher $80,560 Public Policy Director $160,260 Human Resource Manager $121,220 Policy Lobbyist $117,363 Intelligence Analyst $81,400 Marketing Manager $150,739
Six months out of graduation

Alumni in humanities and social sciences employed or in graduate school within 6 months after graduation

Get Prepared to Succeed

Students in our programs benefit from professors who bring real-world experience to the classroom, along with the opportunity to get involved in research or scholarly activities with faculty members. They also participate in civic engagement/service-learning activities. Other opportunities include the Philosophy Club, Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy Honor Society), and the Bioethics Club, among others.

What You'll Learn

In philosophy programs, students learn in-demand skills that employers have identified as critical for job candidates, including:

  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Research- and problem-solving skills, among others

Key Career Skills
for Philosophy Majors

as indicated by Employers
and Alumni on LinkedIn

Critical Thinking


Data Analysis

Digital Fluency


Verbal & Written Communication Skills

*LinkedIn Workplace
Learning Report 2021