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What can I do with a degree in philosophy?

Studying philosophy teaches you critical thinking and writing skills that are conducive to success in a wide variety of careers and occupations. A recent article in The Huffington Post detailed the impact of philosophy majors in the business world and recent articles in The Atlantic and Salon have called philosophy "the most practical major" because it prepares graduates for diverse employment opportunities through the inculcation of transferrable skills.

A major in philosophy is also outstanding preparation for advanced study in graduate and professional programs, including business, medicine, and law.

According to PayScale, philosophy majors who enter the work force directly after graduation from college are most frequently employed as program coordinators in non-profit organizations, paralegals, senior software engineers/developers/programmers, information technology managers, general/operations managers and retail store managers. The State of Illinois Occupational Employment Projections (Long-term) 2006-2016 lists all of these as growth fields.


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