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Careers for Philosophy Majors

What is a philosophy major?

The University of Denver's program in philosophy focuses on the Western philosophical tradition while teaching you to be at home in contemporary philosophical thought.

Common careers for philosophy majors

With a deep understanding of contemporary philosophy and the major epochs of the history of Western philosophy, many philosophy studies go on to work in the legal, business, health, and government industries.

Common job titles held by these philosophy majors include:

  • diplomat
  • announcer
  • director of religious education
  • art consultant
  • editorial assistant
  • producer/director
  • assistant buyer
  • employment interviewer
  • professor
  • financial consultant
  • psychologist
  • author
  • fund-raiser
  • public policy manager
  • business administrator
  • guidance counselor
  • public relations representative
  • hospital administrator
  • public service official
  • insurance underwriter
  • journalist
  • lawyer
  • lobbyist
  • management analyst
  • claims adjuster
  • management trainee
  • marketing research analyst
  • sales representative columnist
  • consultant
  • counselor
  • social worker
  • credit analyst
  • systems analyst
  • critic
  • nursing home director
  • technical writer
  • customer service representative
  • paralegal

Professional skills of philosophy majors

In addition to the careers listed above, philosophy majors are well-suited to fields that require the following skills:

  • ability to formulate/defend positions
  • ability to listen critically
  • ability to analyze cause/effects
  • ability to understand ideas/values
  • proficiency in analytical reasoning
  • ability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • ability to organize/conduct/explain research
  • ability to make critical observations/evaluations
  • ability to speak effectively/learn objectively
  • ability to summarize/solve complicated material
  • comprehensive command of grammar/vocabulary

Is a philosophy major right for you?

Still unsure if you should major in philosophy? Schedule a session with a career counselor, attend our "Choosing a Major" workshop, and attend career events where you can network with employers that hire philosophy majors and alumni who majored in philosophy. Also, schedule a session with the department chair, where you can explore other possible career path.